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News briefs, October 26

Drug Take Back Day Saturday in Mercer

HARRODSBURG — The next Mercer County Drug Take Back Day will be held  9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Mercer County Fiscal Court Building, 207 West Lexington Street. The event is co-sponsored by Mercer County Crime Stoppers, Hometown Radio WHBN, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, the Harrodsburg Police Department,  Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin  Hospital and the Harrodsburg Herald.

The Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means for disposing of prescription and non-prescription drugs while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Citizens are strongly encouraged to bring all their unwanted, unknown, unused or expired prescription (narcotic and non-narcotic) and/or over the counter medicines for safe disposal including pills, salves and liquid medicines. The medicines should be kept in their original containers if at all possible and not combined but it is permissible to scrape off patient names on containers if desired. No refunds or exchanges will be permitted, and sharps, needles, IV bags, lancets, medical waste and thermometers cannot be accepted.

Drug take back programs are being held all over America for four important reasons:

1. Inappropriate disposal may pose a significant risk to the public and the environment,

2. There is an increased incidence of theft from homes and residential trash, resulting in drug diversion and abuse,

3. More children are being seen in hospital emergency departments who have experimented with drugs found in medicine cabinets where they live and/or visit, and

4. Patients often share their medications with other individuals in the absence of any pharmacist or medical supervision resulting in illness, injury and/or death.

“Please help the sponsoring organizations reduce the supply of these drugs in our community” said Dr. Earl Motzer, Chairman of the Mercer County Crime Stoppers Board.

Hallmack Reunion

The ninth annual Hallmack Reunion will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1-3 p.m. at Carpenter’s Christian Church (in the back), 127 North Bypass. Please bring a dish to share. Meat and soft drinks provided. Spouses welcome. Bring a friend. For more information, contact Phoebe Brown at (859) 734-3872.

Meetings

BCRTA (Boyle County, Danville, KSD) Retired Teachers  10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Boyle County Cooperative Extension Office. Speaker will be Don Wittbrodth, TRS insurance. He will give information about DNA testing, which is covered by our insurance, and how it can impact the medications you take. 48 percent of retirees who have participated were on medications that reacted poorly with their DNA. We will collect bags of canned food which will be taken to the local food pantry and record our volunteer hours.

Boyle County Fiscal Court Insurance/Finance Committee — 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in room 106 at the courthouse.