Drug Take Back Event October 27, 2018, at Kentucky Oaks Mall

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
Location: Main Entrance to Kentucky Oaks Mall

This weekend, the Paducah Police Department will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to the main entrance of Kentucky Oaks Mall, 5101 Hinkleville Road, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. We cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills and patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In the years since the national Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) drug take-back program began, law enforcement agencies across the nation have collected thousands of tons of unwanted prescription medications. Medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

“This is a perfect opportunity for residents to get rid of their unwanted medications,” said Assistant Chief Brian Laird. “Many families have left-over prescription drugs, or a loved one has died and the family is left with their medications to dispose of. The drug take-back day gives them a chance to do so in a safe manner.”

Date of release:  October 22, 2018