CPD joining pill take-back program

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By Becky Barnes

The Cynthiana Police Department is ready to accept unused or out-dated prescription drugs.

A permanent prescription drug take-back box has been placed in the foyer at the police department through a donation from the Bluegrass Prevention Center, substance abuse prevention program of Bluegrass Regional MHMR board.

Bluegrass Prevention secured the box through a grant from the Division of Behavioral Health called Changing of Social Norms and policies.

By collaborating with the Cynthiana Police Department, residents of Harrison County can dispose of expired, unwanted or unused medications safely and in an environmentally sound manner.

According to a press release from the Bluegrass Prevention Center, one way to reduce the accessibility of drugs is to properly dispose of them.

The take-back box provides that opportunity for residents of Harrison County.

Cynthiana Police Chief Ray Johnson said pills are the only thing accepted. Do not bring needles, he said.

CPD will have to keep track of the items that are brought in. They will be weighed and recorded then placed in evidence until they can be destroyed.

 Johnson said the box is accessible during regular hours at the police department. When the office is closed, he said an officer will meet someone at the front door if they push the button on the side door at the ramp.