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Old prescription roundup set for April 30

April 20, 2016 - 11:48 AM

Several local agencies are again joining forces with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to gather and dispose of expired, unwanted or unused medications. The spring roundup will be held Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in four different locations in Knox County. 


The four locations are:

- Mount Vernon, in front of the Knox County Health Department

- Centerburg, in the parking lot at Foster’s HealthMart Pharmacy

- Fredericktown, at the police station, 182 S. Main St.

- Danville, at the police station in the municipal building. on Market St.


The prescription roundup is an easy and safe way to get rid of unwanted or expired drugs.  Each location will have a container to collect the drugs. People are encouraged to empty the drugs from bottles or other packaging such as blister packs, into a plastic bag for easy disposal into the container.


Local law enforcement agencies will be onsite for security purposes including the Mount Vernon Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Fredericktown Police Department and Danville Police Department.


The prescription roundup is done anonymously. No one who is dropping off medications will be asked for identification. And there will be no effort to count, inventory, or log the collected medications. 


At the close of the roundup, the containers will be picked up by the DEA or taken to a local funeral home and incinerated. 


If attendees want to also dispose of their prescription bottles after they have been emptied, there will be recycling containers onsite to do so. People are encouraged to remove any identifying labels from the prescription bottles.

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