Louisville Metro Police and local pharmacies are taking back unwanted prescription drugs on April 29

April 25, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (April 26, 2017) – Louisville Metro Police,  the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and three local pharmacies on Saturday will give the public an opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and misuse by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. 

On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., area residents are invited to bring old or unused medications to one of the following locations for a free and anonymous disposal:

Walgreens, 8300 Watterson Trail

Walgreens, 2021 Hikes Lane

CVS, 2311 Lime Kiln Lane

“This is a simple way to address a vital public safety and public health issue,” said Dr. Joann Schulte, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.  “We have an opioid abuse epidemic in Kentuckiana and around the nation.  Disposing of prescription medicines properly is one of the best ways to ensure they aren’t accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else.”

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from a home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that past methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — pose potential safety and health hazards.

“We are organizing more frequent drug take back events across the city,” said Sergeant Brian Stanfield, LMPD. “They provide a safe, convenient and responsible way of disposing of prescription medications.”

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/health-wellness/safe-medication-disposal