– On Saturday, October 29, 2022, Knox County participated in the DEA National Drug Take Back Day. Totals have been tallied, we collected 131.08 pounds of unused, unwanted and expired medication. That is up 35.04 pounds from the previous year. Residents also disposed of unwanted syringes that were destroyed courtesy of Knox Community Hospital.
Specifically, 76.4 lbs. were collected in Mount Vernon at Knox Public Health and Conway’s Eastside Pharmacy at the Knox Community Hospital Medical Pavilion, 4.48 lbs. were collected at Centerburg Foster’s Pharmacy, 16.6 lbs. were collected at the Danville Police Department and 33.6 lbs. were collected at the Fredericktown Police Department.
The Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT) would like to thank 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 the volunteers that donated their time to make this event a success.
If you missed Drug Take Back Day, you can anonymously drop off your medications at any of the year-round drop-boxes. These locations include; the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Fredericktown Police Department, the Danville Police Department, the Mount Vernon Police Department, Rite-Aid-Mount Vernon and CVS-Mount Vernon. To dispose properly, place your medications in a clear Ziploc bag. Please do not put liquids, inhalers, syringes or illegals in the drop-boxes.
Residents can also request a free Deterra Drug Deactivation Bag by calling Knox Public Health at 740-392-2200 ext.2229.
KSAAT thanks all of you for cleaning out your medicine cabinets to make Knox County safer! We are all a part of the solution. To learn more about KSAAT visit ksaat.org.