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Want to throw out expired medicine? Read this and act

Do you have expired medications sitting in your cabinet that you want to get rid of but don’t know how? Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigation, Treatment and Education) has a mobile incinerator called “The Pill Dragon,” which will be at the Pine Mountain Grill parking lot from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Oct. 21.

Letcher County residents are being asked to bring their out-of-date or unused over-the-counter or prescription medications to the location for disposal. All pills brought in will be destroyed on site.

Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb said the purpose of the event, which is being sponsored by the sheriff ’s department, is to keep people from flushing pills down a commode. Many drugs flushed down the toilet cannot be removed by the sewer treatment plant or septic system. These substances then find their way into drinking water sources and soil.

“We are going to try to do this ever so often to give people a chance to get rid of their older pills,” said Webb.

People who hang onto medications are also at greater risk of burglary or theft, said Webb.

“If they know you have stuff like that they will break into your house,” he said.

More than 90 percent of teenagers that try prescription drugs the first time get them from a family member or a friend’s family member, officials say.

Officials with Operation UNITE will demonstrate ways to keep medications safe. The first 10 people who drop off medications will receive a free lock box.

For more information, call 1-866-678-6483.

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