Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 3, 2014

MSU installs prescription drug drop box on campus

MOREHEAD — Morehead State University’s Office of Counseling and Health Services and MSU’s Police Department are partnering with Cardinal Health Foundation to help raise awareness about the growing public health issue of prescription drug abuse and misuse.

Grants have been used to establish a permanent controlled substance (narcotic) drug drop box in the campus police department.

“We wanted to provide a safe and secure place where our university and community members could go at any time to dispose of these drugs,” said Matt Sparks, MSU chief of police. “This is a way to dispose of unused or unwanted medication in a legal, safe manner.”

The system will provide the campus community with an appropriate means of disposal of unused controlled substance medications. The box is available to students, faculty and staff on a year-round basis.

The police department at 100 Laughlin Health Building is open 24 hours a day. The program is open to the public, and all drop-offs are confidential.

Disposed drugs may be in or out of a container, but needles are not permitted. All items will be collected and destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Labels should be removed or names blacked out on prescription bottles.

For more information, call (606) 783-2035.

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