Law enforcement agencies use the event to root out unnecessary prescription drugs

The drive-thru style event allows people to bring in their unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs from their cupboards

LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – Commonwealth law enforcement participated in the National Prescription Drug Take Back on Saturday.

In Lexington, the police department partnered with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky American Water and the Drug Enforcement Administration for the event.

It is sponsored annually by the DEA. University of Kentucky pharmacy students volunteered to help.

The drive-thru style event allows people to bring their unwanted, expired and unused prescription medications from their cabinets for free, where they will be disposed of appropriately.

Organizers say the event helps keep prescription drugs away from children and others who might abuse them.

It also keeps them out of water systems, where it can cause damage.

“A lot of people don’t know how to get rid of it. And some people, when they put it in the toilet or in the trash, can get into our waterways and so on, so it’s important and very important for us to get it to a place like that where the DEA gives it to experts who dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner and in the safest way possible,” LPD Lt. Corey Doane said.

There were also drug take-back events in Corbin, Winchester and Richmond.