Old and/or unused prescription medications can get pushed to the back of a cabinet and sit for years and create clutter, but they can also end up in the wrong hands, with or without the knowledge of the person for whom they were prescribed.
“Prescription abuse is now the leading cause of accidental poisonings and overdoses,” said Marilyn Sink, project director for the Barren-Hart-Metcalfe Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Coalition. “It’s definitely a public safety issue. … It can create a possibility of illicit drug use, not just for adults but youths as well.”
On Saturday, area residents will join others nationwide in having an extra opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted or expired prescriptions – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter on Ky. 90 in Glasgow. Booths will be set up at both main entrances to the store.
Any solid forms of medication will be accepted. Liquid medications and “sharp” medical items such as needles or syringes cannot be accepted.
Drop-off boxes purchased through grant funds have been at the Glasgow, Cave City and Horse Cave police departments and Barren, Hart and Metcalfe counties sheriff’s offices since fall of 2010, Sink said.
In 2011, 692 pounds of medications were collected, she said, but the amount was not available for 2012.
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