Safe Medication Disposal

Why is it important to safely dispose of your medications?

According to the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, the proper disposal of medications has become a global concern with focuses on safety for the public and the environment. Safely getting rid of your unused, unwanted or expired drugs are the first steps to preventing accidental poisonings, drug diversion, drug misuse and addiction.



Safe Medication Disposal Locations 


What Can You Turn in to a Safe Medication Disposal Drug Drop Box?

  • Controlled Substance Medications
  • Prescription Medications
  • Prescription Patches
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) Medications
  • Sample Medications
  • Vitamins or Herbal Supplements
  • Pet Medicine


What You Can Not Turn in to a Safe Medication Disposal Drug Drop Box:

  • Sharps, Needles, Syringes or Lancets
  • Liquids, syrups or ointments
  • Inhalers
  • Aerosol Cans or Personal car (hairspray, shampoo)
  • Medical waste (IVs, used bandages or bio- hazards)  
  • Chemicals or disinfectants (Hydrogen Peroxide)
  • Mercury or Cadmium (thermometers or batteries)



Take Back Events 


Federal bodies, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency encourage consumers to participate in drug take-back events when possible. Take back events are opportunities to dispose of your medication annonymously at a local pharmacy or law enforcement agency. Several community agencies participate in Take Back Events in Louisville.

Prepare your unused, unwanted and expired medications for the next Take Back Event on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Participating locations TBA

  • Gather all of your unused, unwanted or expired medication
  • Remove or mark-out your personal information from medication bottles and containers (such as: name, address, phone number)
  • Bring it to participating locations between 10:00am - 2:00pm on April 29th, no questions asked!


Resources for safer disposal: