Howard Niemeier

Community Relations

Deputy Ian Kelsch reading at the Bracken County Library for Read Across America Week.

On Friday, April 8th, the first ever Wellfest was held at Bracken County High School. Local businesses and organizations were invited to set up information on current health information and services their business or organization provides to the county. Hannah Marsh, a member of the Bracken County High School junior class, demonstrates the effects of being intoxicated through the use of "drunk" goggles with Sheriff's Deputy Detective Bob Scott and Judy Cooper with the American Red Cross providing guidance and stability.

On Saturday, April 30th, the Bracken County Sheriff's Office held a Drug Take-Back Program for citizens to safely dispose of their outdated or no longer used prescription drugs. Deputy Chris Baker can be seen above with just a portion of the medications brought into the office between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. When all was said and done, 12 pounds and 10 ounces of prescription drugs were turned over to the DEA. Drug Take-Back Programs were held all over the state in a effort to prevent dangerous drugs from falling into the wrong hands. Participating citizens do not have to be concerned with medications being stolen in a burglary of their home, and they no longer have to worry about accidental overdoses of small children or other family members.

Unsure how to dispose of those expired or unused prescription drugs that you still have in your medicine cabinet or drawer?
On Friday June 10, 2011 the Bracken County Sheriff Office received a drug drop box, from Kentucky Crime Prevention Coalition, that will be kept at the Sheriff's Office for citizens to dispose of those potentially dangerous expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
The box will be available during court house hours for citizens to drop off these drugs no questions asked. Prescription drugs are one of the fastest growing drugs that are abused in the United States today.
Officials said unused medicines in home medicine cabinets are "highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse." Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Help protect your friends and family members by getting rid of those unwanted prescription pills that you no longer need and to decrease the ability of family or friends to acquire these pills.
In September 2010, Americans turned in 240,000 pounds-121 tons-of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners. The initiative gives the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous drugs.
Unwanted prescription drugs can be taken to the Sheriff's Office at 116 West Miami Street in the Courthouse.