Prescription drug disposal

Unwanted or expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications can be safely disposed of at several locations in Lexington. Periodically cleaning out your medicine cabinet can help prevent items from being abused or accidentally ingested by children and pets. Using a drop-off site to dispose of medication is also safer for the environment because items collected are incinerated rather than flushed down the drain or thrown in the garbage. 

The Spring 2021 National Prescription Take Back Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24 at Kentucky American Water, located at 2300 Richmond Road.


Drop-off locations

  • CVS Med Disposal BoxCVS Pharmacy
    • 2000 Harrodsburg Road
    • 3097 Todds Road
  • Walgreens
    • 2001 Harrodsburg Road
  • Police Headquarters (currently closed due to COVID-19)
    • 150 E. Main St.
    • Monday – Friday during normal business hours
  • Fayette County Sheriff's Office
    • 150 N. Limestone, Ste. 236
    • Monday – Friday during normal business hours
  • Spring & Fall Prescription Take-Back Days

Accepted items

  • Prescription and over-the-counter pills
  • Vitamins
  • Medicated ointments and lotions
  • Pet medication
  • Some liquids
    • CVS locations only; less than 4 oz and sealed in plastic bag


Restricted items

The following items should not be placed in a medication disposal box/kiosk:

  • Needles, inhalers and thermometers
  • Aerosol cans
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Illegal drugs

Note: You can place used needles inside a coffee can, seal it so it won't come open, and then dispose of the can with your household trash.