State police, DEA urging residents to dispose of old prescription medications

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MADISONVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky State Police in western Kentucky are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration to urge residents to dispose of old and outdated controlled substances in their homes.

The annual program in Kentucky has collected 6,700 pounds of prescription drugs since 2010.

Collections will be done from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the state police Post 2 in Madisonville. Officials say collections will take place at the same time in every KSP post area across the state.

They are taking all solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container.

State police say if an original prescription bottle is submitted, identifying information should be removed from the label.

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