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Free pharmaceutical disposal event set for Lexington
Posted Date: 10/21/2011 10:30 AM

med toss event

Do you have unwanted, unused or outdated medicines at home, but don’t know how to dispose of them? Lexington citizens will have the opportunity to dispose of these medications safely for free, at the city’s Med Toss event, Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin announced today. VIDEO CLIP.

Med Toss will be held at four locations across the city on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

med toss sign Lexington’s Division of Police will have officers accepting the medications at each of the four locations.

“Med Toss helps us address prescription drug-related crime,” said Chief Bastin. “it’s not something we have talked about candidly in the past. But I think it’s time we talk more about why programs like Med Toss are needed.

Prescription drug related crime is a real problem. A problem that is beginning to create just as many issues as the use of illicit drugs like marijuana and crack cocaine”.

Two previous Med Toss events resulted in the collection of 1,500 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

The event will allow to residents to dispose of medications in an environmentally friendly way.

“Proper disposal of medications is becoming more important as recent research indicates trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are being discovered in drinking water supplies in some areas of the country,” said Cheryl Taylor, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works.  WATCH VIDEO

Citizens should bring their medications to one of these four locations:

  • Division of Police Roll Call Facility - 1165 Centre Parkway
  • Kentucky American Water - 2300 Richmond Road
  • Wal-Mart, at 2350 Grey Lag Way (Hamburg)
  • Dunbar High School, 1600 Man O’War Boulevard

Citizens should keep the medicines in their original containers but mark out any personal information on the bottle. Prescriptions, 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 and Public Works, Kentucky American Water, the Mayor’s Alliance on Substance Abuse, the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy, the UK School of Pharmacy, Bluegrass PRIDE and the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

For more information about Med Toss, please contact LexCall at 3-1-1 or (859) 425-2255 or visit the Web at

If a citizen can’t participate in the Med Toss on Oct. 29, they should take a few small steps that will help safeguard lives and protect the environment by disposing of unused medicines properly:

The guidelines for safely disposing of unneeded medicines are:

  • 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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PHOTO CAPTION: Cheryl Taylor, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works speaks as Police Chief Ronnie Bastin listens.