MOUNT VERNON — Several local agencies are once again joining forces to host an Old Prescription Roundup. The event will be held Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in four different locations in Knox County. The free event is part of a nationwide effort organized by the Drug Enforcement Agency to gather and dispose of expired, unwanted or unused medications.
The four locations are: Mount Vernon, in front of the Knox County Health Department; Centerburg, in the parking lot at Foster’s HealthMart Pharmacy; Fredericktown, in front of the Fredericktown Police Station, 182 S. Main St.; and Danville, in the parking lot at St. Lukes Community Center.
The Old Prescription Roundup is an easy and safe way to get rid of unwanted or expired drugs. Each location will have a container to collect the drugs. People are encouraged to empty the drugs from bottles or other packaging such as blister packs, into a plastic bag for easy disposal into the container.
Local law enforcement agencies will be onsite for security purposes including the Mount Vernon Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Fredericktown Police Department and the Danville Police Department.
The Old Prescription Roundup is done anonymously. No one who is dropping off medications will be asked for identification. And there will be no effort to count, inventory, or log the collected medications.
At the close of the roundup, the containers will be picked up by the DEA and disposed of at an undisclosed site.
If attendees want to also dispose of their prescription bottles after they have been emptied, there will be recycling containers onsite to do so. Residents are encouraged to remove any identifying labels from the prescription bottles.
Published on April 19, 2012