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State police initiative takes in 644 pounds of pills

Kentucky State Police collected 644 pounds of prescription drugs this weekend. It wasn't a massive bust--the agency's 16 posts took part in the national "Take Back" initiative on Saturday, aimed at collecting unwanted and expired medications in order to get them out of homes. The idea is to eliminate the dangers posed by having unnecessary pills in the home--children finding them, addicts breaking into homes to steal them, or even damage to the environment by simply flushing them.

The KSP posts were among 4,000 locations across the country that participated. State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer says by dropping off the medications, Kentuckians are keeping potentially dangerous drugs out of the wrong hands.

Filed under: Kentucky | Prescription pill abuse | Around the region | Public service


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