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Drugs Toss Collects 1,100 Pounds of Medications

Wednesday May 27, 2009

Disposal program safely discards old prescriptions

The city’s fifth “Drug Toss” collected more than a half-ton of old or expired medications from residents last week. Louisville Metro Police collected and properly disposed of 893 pounds of pills and 253 pounds of liquid medicines, and Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management recycled 633 pounds of pill containers. Residents dropped off the old medications at six locations throughout the city.

“We collected an enormous amount of old medications, and I am very happy that residents took advantage of this free service,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “These medications can be dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands or they are not disposed of properly.”

The Office of National Drug Control Policy reports that about 65 percent of people who abuse prescription drugs obtain the medicines through a friend or family member – often without their knowledge.

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 Kentucky Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), AARP Kentucky, Catholic Charities Senior Services, Kentucky Indiana Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA), Franciscan Health Care Center, Louisville Metro Police, Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management, Senior Pharmacy Solutions and TRIAD.