City Holds Prescription Drug Toss

by scrosby on September 25, 2008

Louisville Metro Government teams up with the police department starting tomorrow to collect expired or unused pharmaceutical drugs so they can be properly destroyed.

It’s the second time this year for what’s become known as the Drug Toss. Mayor’s office spokesperson Kerri Richardson says it’s because the consequences of disposing of drugs improperly can be severe.

“Those medications can contaminate drinking water, they can contaminate ground water, they could release toxic pollutants into the air, sometimes if you throw them out in the trash, especially I you keep them in that prescription bottle, people that might not be wanting to use them for medicinal purposes can get a hold of them, we don’t want that to happen either,” says Richardson.

This time around, they’ve set up five locations for residents to drop off their old drugs. In the last drug toss, held in the spring, the city collected more than 700 pounds of old medications.

Drug toss locations:

 Friday, Sept. 26

Urban League
1535 W. Broadway
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

South West Government Center
7219 Dixie Highway
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Portland Family Health Center
2215 Portland Avenue
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Middletown Christian Church
500 North Watterson Trail
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday Sept. 28

Churchill Downs
Gate # 10 off Longfield Avenue
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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