This Saturday, the Kentucky State Police is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency to collect and dispose of unwanted prescription drugs.

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The "Taking Back" initiative was established in 2010 and has been VERY successful in collecting unwanted prescription meds.  In fact, that figure stands at roughly 10,000 pounds of unwanted medication.  And, this Saturday, KSP will add to that total.

Collections will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. in every KSP Post area across Kentucky.

Lt. Michael Webb, spokesperson for KSP, offers these helpful tips for those interested in participating:

  • Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box located at the drop off location. 
  • All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers will be accepted.  Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in original containers.  The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
  • Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.  
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

For more information about the ‘Take Back’ program, contact the Kentucky State Police at 502-782-1780 or visit the DEA website at

For a list of Kentucky State Police locations, CLICK HERE.