The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department will be hosting a pill take-back day Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their office at the corner of Pike and Poplar streets. Since the program’s beginning, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department has played a part in the removal of several hundred pounds of unwanted medication from Harrison County that may have been discarded improperly or used illegally.
In an effort to keep unwanted medication from finding its way into unlawful hands or in drinking water, all Harrison County citizens are encouraged to bring unwanted medication to the sheriff’s office to be properly discarded.
According to Harrison County deputies, medication remains the number one factor in home invasions where intruders search for unused medication to fuel drug habits.
Traces of medication are also constantly found in drinking water sources due to improper discarding of medication.
According to Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard, spokesperson for the Kentucky State Police, all solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container.
Intra-venous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
“We are also providing a service for those shut-ins who are unable to drop their medication off at the office,” said Deputy Robert Peak. “Anyone who is unable to drive to the sheriff’s office can call us to come get the medication.”
The sheriff’s office also accepts medication during normal working hours for those needing to clean-out medicine cabinets.
The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office is located at 113 W. Pike Street. The office number is 234-7135.