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Apr 27, 2011 3:33 PM

Lexington "Med Toss" Scheduled For Saturday

Lexington citizens with unwanted, unused or outdated medicines can dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way, for free, at the city's second annual Med Toss, Mayor Jim Gray and Police Chief Ronnie Bastin announced today.

Med Toss will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday at five locations across the city. Proper disposal of medicines is a public safety and environmental concern.

"We all want our city to be a safe community," Gray said. "Our administration is committed to improving public safety. The Med Toss event is to help ensure safety and protect the environment."

Police Chief Ronnie Bastin said police are proud to co-sponsor the event with community and public safety partners. "Med Toss is a unique community service effort that also helps to combat prescription drug related crime," Bastin said.

At last year's first Med Toss, more than 800 pounds of prescription medication and paraphernalia were collected.

Many of those medications may have found their way into our creeks and streams without Med Toss. "How we dispose of medications is a concern from an environmental standpoint," said Cheryl Taylor, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works. "Recent studies are showing trace amounts of pharmaceuticals showing up in water supplies."

For the 2011 Med Toss, citizens should bring their medications to one of these five locations:

· Division of Police Roll Call Facility - 1165 Centre Parkway
· Kentucky American Water - 2300 Richmond Road
· Dunbar High School - 1600 Man-O-War Boulevard
· Imani Baptist Church - 1555 Georgetown Road
· Gardenside Shopping Center (next to Post Office) - 1701 Alexandria Drive

Citizens should keep the medicines in their original containers and mark out the personal information on the bottle. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, liquids and pills will be accepted.

Med Toss is made possible by the Lexington Division of Police, the Lexington Department of Environmental Quality, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky American Water, the Mayor's Alliance on Substance Abuse, the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy, the University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy, Bluegrass PRIDE (Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

For more information about Med Toss, please contact LexCall at 3-1-1 or 425-2255, or visit the web at www.Lexingtonky.gov/Medtoss.

Citizens who are unable to participate in Med Toss on April 30 can take steps to help safeguard lives and protect the environment by disposing of unused medicines properly:

· Pour or place medication into a sealable plastic bag.
· If medication is in a pill or capsule form, crush and/or add liquid to it.
· Add kitty litter, coffee grounds or other solids to the medication to make it less appealing to children and pets/animals.
· Seal the plastic bag and put it in the trash.
· Remove/destroy ALL personal information on labels and containers before throwing them into the trash.


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