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Drug Toss Collects 703 Pounds of Medications

Friday May 23, 2008

The city's 3rd annual "Drug Toss" collected 703 pounds of old or expired medications from residents this week. Louisville Metro Police collected and properly disposed of pills, liquids and creams. Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management recycled 241 pounds of pill containers. Residents dropped off the old medications at six locations throughout the city over the past three days.

"I am thrilled that residents took advantage of this free service, especially our senior citizens," said Mayor Jerry Abramson. "These medications can be dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands or they are not disposed of properly."

Prescription and over-the-counter medications should never be flushed down a toilet or drain or thrown in the trash. The medications can contaminate drinking and ground water or release toxic pollutants into the air.

The program is a partnership between AARP Kentucky, Catholic Charities, Community Action Partnership, KIPDA (Kentucky Indiana Planning & Development Agency), Senior Pharmacy Solutions, TRIAD, Louisville Metro Police and the Division of Solid Waste Management.