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Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet

Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017

CLEAN OUT YOUR MEDICINE CABINET TO PREVENT DRUG ABUSE AND PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY

Northern Kentucky residents can safely dispose of any expired or unneeded medications, especially opioid pain medication and other narcotics, to help prevent misuse, abuse or addiction. To facilitate safe disposal, drug disposal pouches are available for free to Northern Kentuckians at more than 30 locations, including all Kroger pharmacies in Northern Kentucky. Using the pouches, individuals can safely dispose of medications at home. “As Northern Kentuckians continue to work together to fight the heroin epidemic in our community, we must take steps to prevent misuse or abuse of prescription pain medications and narcotics,” said Rep. Kim Moser (R-Kenton/Campbell County), who is also a Registered Nurse and the Director of the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. “Providing information and access to safe disposal options is one way to do that.” The drug disposal pouches were donated by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. A proprietary activated carbon bonds to pharmaceutical compounds when water is added, rendering the drugs ineffective and safe for disposal in any setting, including the home.  In addition to the drug disposal pouches, medications can also be safely disposed of using dropboxes located at police departments in Erlanger, Edgewood, Villa Hills, Park Hills and Fort Wright, and at the Kenton County Police Department in Independence. For more information, please visit  http://www.nkyhealth.org/heroinresponse.aspx

 

The pouches are available at the following Kenton County locations:

 

• City of Edgewood, 385 Dudley Road, Edgewood

• Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell Ave., Elsmere

• HealthPoint Family Care, 1401 Madison Ave., Covington

• Independence Senior and Community Center, 2001 Jack Woods Parkway, Independence

• Kenton County Health Center, 2002 Madison Ave., Covington

• Kroger Pharmacies

- 1525 Madison Ave., Covington

- 4303 Winston Ave., Covington

- 1700 Declaration Drive, Independence

- 2150 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchel

- 3158 Dixie Highway, Erlanger

• Ludlow Pharmacy, 130 Elm St., Ludlow

• Ludlow Senior Center, 808 Elm St., Ludlow

• Northern Kentucky Health Department, 610 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood