Take Back Initiative Raises Awareness About Prescription Drug Abuse

By Kristin Martin | 

Saturday was the Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative.

More than 5,000 sites nationwide had drop-offs for unwanted or unused drugs.

Bowling Green had three drop-off locations.

The event is for raising awareness about prescription drug abuse.

Local law enforcement said Kentucky has more prescription drug abusers than narcotics users.

"Get them for legitimate purposes, leave them around the house. They get to feeling better. They no longer need the prescription medications. Then, unfortunately, other folks pick them up, whether it be their kids or their relatives, and they wind up in the wrong hands," explained Gary Travis, a detective for Kentucky State Police.

He said people can get rid of their medicine year-round at the permanent drop boxes located at the Bowling Green Police Department, Kentucky State Police Post 3 or Safety City in front of Greenwood High School.

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