Drug Take Back Day

MOUNT VERNON - Knox County will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT), in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, is pleased to sponsor this collection day for Knox County residents to dispose of their expired, unused or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications safely. The spring disposal day will continue to include the collection of unwanted syringes and liquids.

Drop-off locations in Knox County include: Knox County Health Department, Knox Community Hospital Medical Pavilion, 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.

Any resident unable to make it out April 24 can request a free Deterra Drug Deactivation pouch from the Knox County Health Department and the Fredericktown Police Department. These pouches allow for the safe destruction of medications, liquids and patches at home.

Additionally, there are four Rx drop-boxes located in Knox County for year-round disposal. These locations include the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Fredericktown Police Department, the Danville Police Department and the Mount Vernon Police Department. These 24/7 drop-boxes remain anonymous; however, please do not put liquids, inhalers or illegals in the drop-boxes.

If you would like to volunteer for Drug Take Back Day, click here. For more information contact KSAAT at 740-392-2200 ext. 2229 or ksaat2011@gmail.com, or visit ksaat.org.

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