Kentucky

Kentuckians turn in nearly 10,000 pounds of unused prescription drugs on take-back day.

People in Kentucky turned in 9,497 pounds of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs over the weekend as a part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Initiative.

On Saturday, more than 702,365 pounds of drugs were collected nationwide at 5,000 collection sites, according to a news release from the DEA.

There were 56 collection sites in Kentucky during the event, according to the DEA.

This was the 10th event since the program began in 2010, and 5,525,021 pounds of drugs have been collected cumulatively, according to the DEA.

"The numbers are shocking: Approximately 46,000 Americans die each year from drug-related deaths. More than half of those are from heroin and prescription opioids," acting DEA administrator Chuck Rosenberg said in the news release. "With four out of five new heroin users starting with prescription medications, I know our take-back program makes a real difference."

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