Louisville Metro Police and Public Health and Wellness officials are encouraging residents served by the LMPD Third Division to safely dispose of medications on April 12 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. People can drive up and drop off any unused and expired medications at 7219 Dixie Highway, LMPD Third Division headquarters. LMPD’s Third Division includes the neighborhoods of Fairdale, Iroquois, Iroquois Park, Kenwood Hill, PRP, Southland Park, Southside, Yorktown and Valley Station.
“Drug “take-back” events provide a safe, convenient and responsible way of disposing of prescription medications,” said LMPD Chief Conrad. “It gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.”
“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 Louisville 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. Most people who get addicted start with the narcotics they find in other people’s medicine cabinets.”
“It’s also important that people properly and safely dispose of medications,” Schulte added. “Flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash is not the best way. Our local police collect these drugs and ensure they are properly destroyed.”
LMPD’s last drug take-back event was in October. 700 pounds of medications were collected. More events to help residents safely dispose of medication will be hosted throughout the city this year.
For more information and links to permanent safe disposal sites that can be accessed year round, go to https://louisvilleky.gov/government/health-wellness/safe-medication-disposal.