Fall 2019 Prescription Take Back Day

Oct 26, 2019, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Cleaning out your medicine cabinet could help prevent theft, drug abuse, and potentially save a life. Central Kentucky residents are urged to take advantage of National Take Back Day: a free, no-questions-asked event to properly dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medicine.

In Lexington, the Take Back Day event is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, October 26 at Kentucky American Water, located at 2300 Richmond Rd. Representatives from the local Drug Enforcement Administration office, the Lexington Police Department, and the Fayette County Sheriff’s office will be on hand to take unwanted items.

Items accepted at Take Back Day:

  • prescription and over-the-counter pills
  • vitamins
  • medicated ointments and lotions
  • pet medication


New this year, collection sites will accept e-cigarettes, vaping pens and cartridges. Batteries must be removed from vaping devices in order to be accepted during Take Back Day.

Liquids, aerosol cans and needles are not accepted at Take Back Day.

During the spring Take Back event in April 2019, Americans turned in 468 tons (937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at thousands of drop-off sites across the country. In Lexington, residents turned in nearly 1,500 pounds of medication.

Many pharmacies and hospitals offer permanent drop boxes where residents can dispose of prescription medication. For more information about Take Back Day and the disposal of prescription drugs, go to DEAtakeback.com or lexingtonky.gov/med-disposal.





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