MOUNT VERNON — Several local agencies and groups are once again joining forces to host an Old Prescription Roundup to gather and dispose of expired, unwanted or unused medications. The event will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in four different locations in Knox County. It is part of a nationwide effort organized by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The four locations are: The Knox County Health Department in Mount Vernon; Foster’s HealthMart Pharmacy in Centerburg; Fredericktown Police Department; and in the parking lot at St. Luke Community Center in Danville.
“Most of us have old prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines that we need to throw away and it’s important to dispose of these drugs properly,” said Health Commissioner Julie Miller of the Knox County Health Department. The health department is a member of the Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT), which coordinates the local prescription roundup.
“Years ago it was common to just flush unwanted drugs down the toilet, but that pollutes our water system,” said Miller. “And with prescription drug abuse on the rise, you should not just leave them in the medicine cabinet or toss them in the trash where anyone can have access to them.”
The Old Prescription Roundup is an easy and safe way to get rid of unwanted or expired drugs, specifically pills. “Each location will have a container to collect the pills. We cannot accept inhalers, liquids, lotions, needles, or bottles - plastic or glass,” said Miller. “It helps if people can empty the pills from bottles or other packaging such as blister packs, into a plastic bag for easy disposal into the collection container. When disposing of the empty bottles, people are encouraged to remove any identifying labels.”
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 Danville Police Department. Besides the health department, other agencies or groups helping with Saturday’s roundup include Mental Health and Recovery for Knox and Licking Counties, Arms of an Angel Foundation, Alcohol & Drug Freedom Center, Foster’s HealthMart Pharmacy and Belcan Engineering.
The Old Prescription Roundup is done anonymously. No one who is dropping off medications will be asked for identification. There will be no effort to count, inventory, or log the collected medications, however the collected medications from all four locations will be weighed for local reporting purposes.
At the close of the roundup, the containers will be picked up by the DEA and incinerated.
Published on April 24, 2013