LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Community partners are collaborating to host a medication disposal drive-thru event on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two different locations in Louisville.
Louisville Metro Police Department released a statement explaining that routine disposals of expired or unused medication helps to prevent unintentional or accidental poisoning to those in your home—particularly children, senior citizens and pets. Disposing of drugs in the proper way also helps to protect the environment.
Along with LMPD, contributing partners to this event are:
- Building Resiliency in Campus and Community Coalition
- PAL Coalition
- Seven Counties Services
- Kentucky Harvest
These organizations want you to remember that flushing medications or pouring them down a drain can lead to water contamination. Throwing drugs away is not an option they approve, either, because those can be stolen and sold on our neighborhood streets.
If you would like to participate in this drug toss, visit one of these locations on May 18 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.:
- Iroquois High School, 4615 Taylor Blvd, Louisville, KY 40215
- UofL Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, 2800 S Floyd St, Louisville, KY 40202
This event is free and anonymous.
Items accepted include:
- All expired or unused solid dosage prescription medications
- Prescription and over the counter liquids
Items not accepted include:
- Intra-venous solutions
- Injectables and needles
- Illicit substances
- Personal care or hygiene items
To help the process move more quickly:
- Place all loose pills into a sealed plastic bag.
- Put vials, bottles and tubes in separate containers or bags.
- Mark out all of your personal information.
Some other facts released by LMPD encouraging routine prescription drug disposal include:
- Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription.
- The majority of teens abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends—and the home medicine cabinet.
- The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
For more information on prescription drug abuse, visit: