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The Knox Substance Abuse Action Team helped organize Saturday's Drug Take Back Day.

MOUNT VERNON – Knox County residents responded to the call when law enforcement in the community hosted a Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27.

"We are thankful to announce were able to collect 138.08 pounds of unused, unwanted and expired medication," stated Tina Cockrell, Drug Free Communities Grant Coordinator. "This year also brought in quite a few liquids, patches and inhalants.

Specifically, 74 pounds were collected in Mount Vernon at the Knox County Health Department and new location Knox Community Hospital Medical Pavilion, 31.08 pounds were collected at Centerburg Foster’s Pharmacy, 16 pounds were collected at the Danville Police Department and 17 pounds were collected at the Fredericktown Police Department.

The Knox Substance Abuse Action Team thanked the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Fredericktown Police Department, Danville Police Department and the Mount Vernon Police Department for leading each drop-off location as well as all of the KSAAT and Teen Advisory Council (TAC) volunteers that donated their time to make this event a success.

The next county-wide drug take back day will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. However, you can always anonymously drop off your medications at our three 24/7 drop-boxes. These drop-boxes are located at the Mount Vernon Police Department, Fredericktown Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials ask resident to not dispose of liquids, inhalers, or illegals in these drop-boxes.

KSAAT thanks everyone who participated for cleaning out their respective medicine cabinets to make Knox County safer.