LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Central Kentucky residents can help prevent drug abuse and theft by disposing of expired or unwanted medication during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Take Back Day, a free, no-questions-asked disposal event.
In Lexington the Take Back Day event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Kentucky American Water, 2300 Richmond Rd. Officers from the Lexington Police Department and Fayette County Sheriff’s office will be on hand to take unwanted items. Student athletes from the University of Kentucky football team and national champion rifle team are volunteering at the event.
Items accepted at Take Back Day:
- Prescription and over-the-counter pills
- Medicated ointments and lotions
- Pet medication
- Liquids, aerosol cans and needles are not accepted at Take Back Day.
Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at thousands of drop-off sites across the country. In Lexington, residents turned in nearly 1,500 pounds of medication during the 2018 Fall Take Back event.
Other collection sites participating in Take Back Day include:
- Cynthiana – Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, 113 W. Pike St.
- Danville – City Hall, 445 W. Main St.
- Frankfort – Franklin County Health Department, 851 East-West Connector
- Harrodsburg – Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, 207 W. Lexington St.
- Midway – Midway City Hall, 101 E. Main St
- Nicholasville – Walmart, 1024 N. Main St.
- Paris – Walmart, 305 Letton Dr.
- Richmond – Kentucky State Police Post 7, 699 Eastern Bypass
- Winchester – Winchester Police Department, 16 S. Maple St.
- Versailles – Kroger, 212 Kroger Way
For more information about Take Back Day and the disposal of prescription drugs, go to DEAtakeback.com or lexingtonky.gov/med-disposal.