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Permanent drug take-back sites increasing across Indiana, Kentucky

December 27, 2013
by Charlie White
Courier Journal

Drug overdose death rates have quadrupled in Indiana and Kentucky since 1999, with the overwhelming majority from prescription drugs, according to a report released this fall by the Trust for America’s Health.

One important way to battle the scourge, the report said, is to get unused, unwanted prescription drugs out of homes by making it easier for people to pitch them in secure locations — a plan both states are increasingly heeding.

Former Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Tony King, now director of the criminal interdiction unit of the Jefferson County, Ky., sheriff’s office, initiated a permanent drug take-back location in Louisville about 18 months ago.

The site is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the sheriff’s office in the old Fiscal Court Building off Sixth Street. King said the only cost was buying a lockable drop box for about $225.

 

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