Prescription Drug Disposal Program

Prescription Drug Disposal Programs rid the community of potentially dangerous medications by providing a secure place to drop off unused, out dated and unwanted medications for disposal.  Currently, there is no other safe way to dispose of these medications.  Flushing allows for dangerous drugs to enter our water supply and damages our environment.

Prescription drugs can be dropped off in the lobbies of these police departments:

Erlanger, 505 Commonwealth Avenue, Erlanger (727-7599)*
Kenton County, 11777 Madison Pike, Independence (392-1940)*
Villa Hills, 719 Rogers Road, Villa Hills (341-3535)*
Park Hills, 1106 Amsterdam Road, Park Hills (431-6172)*
Ft. Wright, 409 Kyles Lane, Fort Wright (331-2191)*
Edgewood, 385 Dudley Road, Edgewood (331-5911)*
Campbell Co., 8774 Constable Drive, Alexandria (547-3100)**
Florence, 8100 Ewing Dr., Government Center, Florence (371-5491)**
Boone Co. Sheriff’s Office, 3000 Conrad Lane, Burlington (334-2175)**
Highland Heights City Building, Highland Heights**
Ft. Thomas, 130 N. Ft. Thomas Ave. **
Newport, 998 Monmouth St.**

* Implemented by Kenton County Alliance

** Implemented by Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force

 ”More teens abuse prescription drugs than any illicit drug except marijuana- more than cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine combined, according to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.” Most teens get these drugs from friends and family.

???Why do teens use Rx drugs???

 •Teens don’t recognize the risks.

•Teens believe they are safer than illicit drugs.

•There is less shame attached to using them.

•They believe there are fewer side effects than illicit drugs.

•Parents don’t care as much if you get caught and parents may not realize the danger.

•Users do it to manage life’s problems – self medicate.

•Much broader base of users – anyone can become addicted.

and

They are FREE!   

*The above information came from the Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) 2007.

Prevention begins with education for teens, parents, grandparents and caregivers. Follow these steps to keep youth safe: 

•Safeguard medicines – lock them up

•Count pills and monitor medication use

•Discard old and unused meds in local take back programs.  Flushing medications will cause them to end up in our water supply.

This information came from the CADCA Strategizer, Teen Prescription Drug Abuse: An Emerging Threat published in January, 2008.