Law enforcement agencies throughout Christian County continue to encourage residents to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Kentucky State Police, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, the Hopkinsville Police Department and the Oak Grove Police Department on Saturday are participating in the national Take Back initiative and decided to extend to service throughout the year, instead of offering it one day out of the year.
The service is free and anonymous and residents will not be asked any questions.
According to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney last April alone, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and at thousands of state and local law enforcement agencies.
State officials say at previous Take Back events, over 2.8 million pounds of pills were collected and destroyed.
Residents are encouraged to dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the drop box.
Officials say all solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted and should be sealed in its original container.
Officials say intra-venous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.