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Mayor Announces Medication Disposal Program

Friday May 4, 2007

Six Free Drop-Off Sites Available to Louisville Residents

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced details of the city’s second annual “Drug Toss” that helps local residents properly dispose of expired or unused pharmaceuticals. Two new locations have been added this year for a total of six disposal sites.

“I hope residents will take advantage of this free service, especially our senior citizens,” Abramson said. “These medications can be dangerous if they fall in to the wrong hands or they are not disposed of properly.”

This is the second year for the event. Last year, city employees properly disposed of 350 pounds of pills and recycled the plastic containers.

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.

Items accepted in the program include: all expired pharmaceuticals, unsealed syrups, eye drops and nose sprays. Also accepted are medications that should have been refrigerated, bulk or loose tablets and capsules, and unsealed tubes of creams and ointments.

Participants are asked to mark out all personal information on prescription bottles prior to arrival at the sites. Louisville Metro Police narcotics officers will be on hand to take immediate possession of the medications for proper disposal. Solid Waste Management personnel will recycle the containers.

The program is a partnership between AARP, Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA-the Area Agency on Aging), TRIAD – Law Enforcement and Seniors Working Together, and the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Disposal dates and locations

  • May 15 Franciscan Health Care Center 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    3625 Fern Valley Road

  • May 15 Stonecreek Lodge 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    9251 Stonestreet Road

  • May 16 Christopher East 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    4200 Browns Lane

  • May 16 Brookside Senior Living 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    200 Brookside Drive

  • May 17 Treyton Oak Towers 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    211 West Oak Street

  • May 17 Shively City Hall 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    3920 Dixie Highway

For more information about the program visit LouisvilleKy.gov or phone MetroCall 311.