Sheriff’s Department hosting pill return day on Sept.29

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By Ben Hyatt

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department will once again host a pill return day on Saturday, Sept. 29, in an effort to discard unused medication.
According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, the issue of unused medication continues to play a large role in Harrison County crime.
Not only are pills continually linked to home invasions in Harrison County, the improper discarding of medication also continues to be an issue.
According to a medical press release “an estimated 250 million pounds of unused medications are improperly disposed of each year.”
The Kentucky State Police have documented several hundred tons of medication dropped-off in previous pill-return programs across the state.
Most of the improperly disposed medication finds its way into water sources where several environmental concerns are born.
In an effort to help eliminate some of those issues in Harrison County, the sheriff’s department will be hosting a pill return day Saturday, Sept. 29 at Cynthiana Christian Church.
Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Peak said the sheriff’s department will also come to shut-in home in certain circumstances.
“This service is not just for anyone,” explained Peak. “We will only come to a home to pick-up medication if the residents are unable to drive to town to do so.”
Peak said anyone needing assistance in medication disposal should contact the sheriff’s office at 234-7135.
Peak also noted that a medication drop-off container is always available for use during working hours at the sheriff’s department.