Regional law enforcement agencies plan to partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration this weekend during a nationwide drug take-back day to help combat issues of prescription drug abuse and theft.

The 14th nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative allows people to bring expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs to collection sites for proper disposal. The day allows residents to get rid of medicines that often stay in home cabinets after illnesses end or the drugs expire, which can lead to misuse and abuse.

Indiana State Police plan to partner with the DEA by hosting events at all state police posts, except the Toll Road Post, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Versailles post, which serves a 10-county area including Jefferson and Switzerland counties, will be accepting prescription drugs at 902 S. Adams St. in Versailles. 

Kentucky State Police Post 5 will host an event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for National Take Back Day. Anyone may drop off unused or expired medication at the post, 160 Citation Lane in Campbellsburg. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 123 N. Property Road in New Castle also will host a take back . The Oldham County Sheriff’s Office will host events at two locations, including the sheriff’s office at 1855 N. KY 393 in LaGrange and the LaGrange Fire Department Station 2 at 3637 W. KY 146 in LaGrange.

Permanent drug drop-off sites in Kentucky include the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 440 Main St. in Carrollton from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, the Carrollton Police Department at 750 Clay St. in Carrollton, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department at 30 N. Main St. in New Castle from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, the Oldham County Police Department at 1855 N. KY 393 in LaGrange from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Monday through Friday and the Trimble County Sheriff’s Department at 30 U.S. 42 in Bedford from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are taken from family and friends, usually from the home medicine cabinet, a release from the Indiana State Police said. Residents should take note that the usual method of flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can lead to potential safety and health hazards.

The program is for liquid and pill medications. New or used needles will not be accepted for disposal.

The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked during the drop off.

During the 13 previous take-back events, the DEA and partnering agencies have collected more than 8.1 million pounds of pills, the release said.