MOUNT VERNON — On Saturday, Knox County will be participating in the national Drug Take Back Day. KSAAT, in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, will sponsor this collection day for Knox County residents to dispose of their expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications safely. Drop-off locations in Knox County include: Knox County Health Department, Danville Police Department, Centerburg Foster’s Pharmacy and the Fredericktown Police Department.
Drug Take Back Day is vital as many Americans are not aware that medicines left in one’s home are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Autumn is the perfect time to clean out your cabinets and dispose of your medications in all forms including pills, liquids, creams and inhalers.
For those unable to make it out Saturday, there are 24/7 drop-boxes located at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Mount Vernon Police Department. Collections from these 24/7 drop-boxes remain anonymous and please do not put liquids, inhalers or illegals in the drop-boxes.