, Corbin, KY

Local News

October 1, 2012

Drug drop box installed in Williamsburg

CORBIN — By Charlotte Underwood / Staff writer

A drug drop off box was installed in Williamsburg in an effort to prevent accidental dealing and to cut back on drug abuse in the area.

Prescription drug abuse is a problem plaguing entire communities, but for many, that abuse cycle would never start if more people disposed of their drugs properly, according to Whitley County Operation UNITE representative Wayne Brooks, who said he felt that there were several prescription drug issues that “flagged” the importance of a community drug drop box.

“The average age of a first time user in Southeast Kentucky is 11, this is based on information gathered by Operation UNITE,” Brooks said, adding that these first time users usually got their fist ‘hit’ from a relative or friend.

“We all at some point in our lives end up with unwanted or unneeded prescription drugs,” Brooks said, adding that the real question was how to dispose of these drugs safely and properly, especially since many people don’t want to fill out paperwork at their local police department.

“The drop box is the best and safest way to dispose of unwanted medications,” said Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird, adding that disposing of medicine properly was “especially” important in houses with children.

“Operation UNITE has a mobile pill disposal unit we call the ‘Pill Dragon” which is moved around the 5th Congressional District. We try to have the unit in the Corbin and Williamsburg areas once a year, but the lag time for folks to hold their prescriptions for disposal is just too long,” Brooks said, explaining the importance of the drug drop box.

“The ‘Pillbox’ will be installed at the city hall so people can dispose of prescription drugs with no questions asked,” Brooks said.

UNITE will collect the drugs and dispose of them in the ‘Pill Dragon’.

Whitley County Chair Angie Bowling will monitor the box and notify the pill disposal people when the box needs to be emptied, according to Brooks.

“Because of a large number of grandparents are raising grandchildren, we are also going to be offering individual pillboxes to secure prescriptions that are classified as narcotics. We are in partnership with the Regional Prevention Center in Pineville in the placing of community pillboxes and the distribution of individual lock boxes,” Brooks said, adding that he felt is was important that the community understand the progress that is being made in controlling the prescription drug problem.

“If people would go through their medicine cabinets and clean out their old unwanted medications in a safe and responsible manner, it would absolutely at some point save a life,” Bird said.

Anyone with questions can contact Bowling at 606-549-6023.

Text Only
Local News
  • Cannon man indicted for rape

    By John L. Ross
    Staff Writer
    A Cannon man facing first-degree rape and other charges has now been indicted in this case.

    July 28, 2014

  • Knox grand jury indicts accused store burglar

    By John L. Ross
    Staff Writer
    A man facing several charges in connection with the burglary of Cope’s Market was indicted Friday in Knox County Circuit Court.

    July 28, 2014

  • Man accused of Woodbine shooting appears in court

    By John L. Ross
    Staff Writer
    A Woodbine man indicted for first-degree assault after allegedly shooting a man in the face appeared in Knox County Circuit Court Friday for a pre-trial conference.

    July 28, 2014

  • TODAY'S HEADLINES, July 28, 2014

    Cannon man indicted for rape: Charges include theft for reportedly taking the victim’s car

    Knox grand jury indicts accused store burglar

    Man accused of Woodbine shooting appears in court

    So Far, So Good: North Laurel Coach Chris Larkey pleased with the way his team is looking

    The Next Step: Jerry Herron's Williamsburg Yellow Jackets have high hopes of winning a state title


    July 28, 2014

  • 0726 thunderbolt for web.jpg Tales of the Thunderbolt

    The soft whistle of a flute floated through the room as audience members listened in awe to tales of the Thunderbolt people.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jaynes sentenced to 20 years for murder

    A hush swept across the Knox County Circuit courtroom Friday afternoon — all that was heard was the jangle of ankle shackles hitting the bare floor as convicted murderer Angela Jaynes approached the podium for her official sentencing hearing.

    July 27, 2014

  • Five people indicted for murder

    Five people arrested in connection with the May shooting death of 29-year-old Donald Mills were all officially charged with the murder on two separate indictments Friday in Knox County Circuit Court.

    July 27, 2014

  • Man in court for stealing from Bingham Tire

    A Pineville man charged with stealing more than $125,000 in inventory from Bingham Tire in Barbourville over a two-year period appeared Friday before Judge Gregory Lay in Knox County Circuit Court.

    July 27, 2014

  • POLICE ROUNDUP: Sheriff’s office searching for wanted London man

    A London man has found himself on the Laurel County Sheriff Department’s most wanted list, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
    Detective Billy Madden is searching for Jamie Elam, 34.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0725 Honor Guard FOR WEB.jpg Hundreds attend military funeral service for Dirk Shelton

    Whenever America needed him, Staff Sergeant Dirk Thomas Shelton always answered the call.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter