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Mayor Announces Medication Disposal Program

Monday May 18, 2009

Six Free Drop-Off Sites Available to Louisville Residents

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced details of the city’s fifth “Drug Toss” that helps local residents properly dispose of expired or unused pharmaceuticals. Six disposal sites will accept medications May 21-23.

“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.”

Last year, Louisville Metro Police properly disposed of 1173 pounds of pills and recycled 419 pounds of pill containers collected through Drug Toss events.

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 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.

Disposal dates and locations

Thursday, May 21 Christopher East
4200 Browns Lane
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Franciscan Health Care Center
3625 Fern Valley Road
2 - 4 p.m.

Friday, May 22 The Kling Center
219 W. Ormsby Ave.
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

St. Denis Church
4205 Cane Run Rd.
2 - 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 23 Shawnee Neighborhood Association

French Mall (near 38th and Market)
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Belmont Village Senior Living

4600 Bowling Blvd.

2 – 4 p.m.

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