Opioid disposal program coming to Muhelenberg County

Published: Aug. 20, 2018 at 6:26 PM CDT
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To combat the state's opioid crisis, the Attorney General is implementing a disposal program in Muhlenberg County to help properly eliminate outdated prescription drugs.

Many children and teenagers get started on drugs by first stealing prescription medication from their parent or guardian's medicine cabinets. That's what this program hopes to put an end to in Muhlenberg County.

"80 percent of people who get on heroin start on pharmaceuticals, so that's the situation that Mr. Beshear is trying to address with this program." said David Thompson, Director of the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force.

The Attorney General is presenting plastic pouches that allow anyone to dispose of their outdated perscription medications. It's made easy by dumping the pills into a pouch and filling it with water. It's environmentally safe, and a practice that drug task force leaders say will make an immediate impact.

The AG will make the announcement regarding the program's arrival to Muhlenberg County on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

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