BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- The Bowling Green – Warren County Drug Task Force will participate with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s prescription drug “Take-Back” campaign this Saturday.
Over 5,800 sites nationwide have joined the effort that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.
Government, community, public health and law enforcement partners will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at these sites all across the nation on Saturday, October 26, from 10 AM to 2 PM CDT.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The three collection points in Bowling Green:
-- Bowling Green Police Department, 911 Kentucky Street, operated by Drug Task Force and Bowling Green Police
-- Safety City in front of Greenwood High School, 5065 Scottsville Road, operated by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office
-- Kentucky State Police Post 3 at 3119 Nashville Road, in Bowling Green
Prescription drugs that languish in medicine cabinets create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high; almost twice as many Americans - 6.8 million - currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Americans participating in DEA’s six previous Take-Back Days turned in nearly 2.8 million pounds—almost 1,409 tons—of prescription drugs.