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Safely Dispose of Your Expired and Unused Medications

Monday May 17, 2010

 City and several partners offer three days to toss old drugs

This week Louisville residents can safely get rid of their unused and expired medications during the drug toss.

Medications should never be flushed down the toilet, burned in the open, or thrown in the trash because:

  • They can contaminate the environment if they get into drinking and ground water.
  • They may kill bacteria or produce drug resistance bacteria in sewage treatment plants and septic systems.
  • Burning can release toxic pollutants into the air.
  • They can be scavenged from your trash receptacles to be illegally used or sold.
  • They can be taken mistakenly and cause serious health problems.

Drug Tosses will be held:

Thursday, May 20th at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, 770 Eastern Pkwy

Friday, May 21st at the Family Health Center, 2215 Portland Avenue

Saturday, May 22nd at the Belmont Village Senior Living, 4600 Bowling Blvd.

Each drug toss runs from 10 am- 2pm

These are drive-up events so there is no need to leave your vehicle when dropping off medications.

Organizers ask residents to black out all personal information on ALL medication containers. They also ask citizens to place all tablets and capsules into a zip-lock bag prior to drop-off. Vials, bottled liquids and tubes should be placed in separate bags.

Accepted items:

  • Expired or unused medications
  • Bulk or loose tablets and capsules
  • Medications that should have been kept cold but were not

Do not bring:

  • Used or unused sharps, hypodermic needles and lances
  • Cosmetics, personal care or hygiene items
  • No clinics, medical offices or pharmacies can participate.

Representatives from LMPD and Louisville Metro Solid Waste will be on hand to make sure all products will be safely collected and properly disposed according to EPA standards.

The drug toss is sponsored by:
Catholic Charities Senior Services, ElderCare 4 Families, Kentucky Senior Medicare Patrol, Louisville Metro Police, Louisville Metro Solid Waste, Senior Pharmacy Solutions and TRIAD with the support of ElderCare 4 Families, Home Instead and Right at Home Care Agencies.