Drug Take-Back Event on October 26, 2019

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Date:  Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
Location:  Wal-Mart Supercenters, Paducah 

This weekend, the Paducah Police Department will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. 
New this year, we will be accepting vaping pens and cartridges. 
Bring your pills, vaping devices and cartridges for disposal to either Paducah Walmart location between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019.  We cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills and patches.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 
In the years since the national Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) drug take-back program began, law enforcement agencies across the nation have collected thousands of tons of unwanted prescription medications.  Medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. 
“This is a perfect opportunity for residents to get rid of their unwanted medications,” said Chief Brian Laird.  “Many families have left-over prescription drugs, or a loved one has died and the family is left with their medications to dispose of.  The drug take-back day gives them a chance to do so in a safe manner.” 
Additionally, to help combat the continuing vaping health crisis, we will be collecting vaping pens and cartridges.  The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has determined that vaping pens without internal batteries are considered household hazardous waste, the exact same waste designation as the pharmaceuticals we collect on these drug take-back days, and therefore can be comingled with the drugs.