By Portia Williams

October 1, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. — Greenup County Health Department, in conjunction with Kentucky State Police, will host a Prescription Drug Take Back Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The take back will be held on the parking lot of the Health Department in Greenup.

Cassie Mace, a Health Educator for the Greenup County Health Department, said she is looking forward to the upcoming event.

“This is our first attempt at this and we are glad to be working with the Kentucky State Police on this effort. The drugs can be prescription, or non-prescription,” Mace said.

According to Mace, the take back event allows people to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired medications.

She said it is an anonymous service where everything collected is boxed up and taken for incineration by the KSP.

“We are hoping to repeat this program in the future because people will continue to have prescriptions and we need to have a place where we can safely dispose of them,” Mace said.

Mace said take back will provide people with guidance for proper disposal of prescription medications.

“With these prescription drugs, there is always a risk of misuse, abuse or theft of them once a person doesn’t need to take them. A lot of people don’t know what to do with them after they have used them,” Mace said.

Mace said certain items will not be collected during the take back effort.

“We will not be taking any glass containers, inhalers, or intra-venous solutions or syringes,” Mace said.

She said all other prescription and over the counter medications as well as supplements can be turned in.

According Mace, the take back event is open to everyone not just residents of Greenup County.

For more information regarding the Prescription Drug Take Back event, contact the Greenup County Health Department at 606-473-9838.

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