The Paducah Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had a successful Saturday, collecting unwanted pills at the entrance of Kentucky Oaks Mall.
A total of 270.4 pounds of pills were turned in during the police department’s Drug Take-Back event, the 11th of its kind in Paducah. The event was organized by Det. Sgt. Ryan Conn.
The event gives the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish 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 poisoning and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including form the home medicine cabinet.
There is a drug drop box located in the lobby of police department headquarters, 1400 Broadway, that residents can utilize to dispose of unwanted medications anytime during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.