Paducah Police Department collects 90 pounds of unwanted pills
PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – The Paducah Police Department collected 90 pounds of pills Saturday during national Drug Take-Back Day.
The unwanted pills were collected at Mercy Health – Paducah Medical Pavilion.
This year’s take-back day in Paducah was cosponsored by the PPD, Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital and the Purchase District Health Department.
The Drug Take-Back 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.
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 and misuse, according to the Paducah Police Department.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are high as well as accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
The Paducah Police Department has a drug drop box in the police department lobby located at 1400 Broadway. It is available to residents anytime during regular business hours from Monday through Friday.