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Mayor Announces Medication Disposal Program

Monday September 22, 2008

Five Free Drop-Off Sites Available to Louisville Residents

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced details of the city’s fourth “Drug Toss” that helps local residents properly dispose of expired or unused pharmaceuticals. Five disposal sites will accept medications Sept. 26-28.

Louisville Metro Police help out at the spring 2008 drug toss event.
“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 if they are not disposed of properly.”

At the spring collection, Louisville Metro Police properly disposed of 703 pounds of pills and recycled 241 pounds of pill 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. Solid Waste Management personnel will recycle the containers.

The program is a partnership between AARP Kentucky, Catholic Charities, Community Action Partnership KY SMP, Franciscan Health Care Center, KIPDA (Kentucky Indiana Planning & Development Agency), Senior Pharmacy Solutions, Louisville Metro Police, Solid Waste Management and TRIAD.

Disposal dates and locations

Friday, Sept. 26 Urban League
1535 W. Broadway
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

South West Government Center
7219 Dixie Highway
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27 Portland Family Health Center
2215 Portland Avenue
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Middletown Christian Church
500 North Watterson Trail
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday Sept. 28 Churchill Downs
Gate # 10 off Longfield Avenue
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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