Lexington citizens with unwanted, unused or outdated medicines can dispose of them for free in an environmentally-friendly way at the city’s Med Toss, Police Chief Ronnie Bastin announced Tuesday.
"One of the biggest issues we face is that people think if a doctor prescribes them medication it is not dangerous," explains Chief Bastin, "but the reality is that it can be equally as dangerous as some of the illicit substances such as cocaine, heroine, or any of those."
This will be the third year in a row that residents have been able to safely dispose of medications during Med Toss.
Med Toss will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 28, at four locations across the city. The event will be held rain or shine.
Proper disposal of medicines is a public safety and environmental concern.
“Med Toss is always a great community service too, but it’s also a crime fighting tool it keeps prescription drugs out the hands of those who would abuse them or sell them illegally. That’s important, because prescription drug abuse is a growing criminal and social problem in our community. I encourage everyone to partner with the police and the city to keep Lexington safe, by tossing your meds on April 28,” said Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin.
Each previous Med Toss event has resulted in the safe collection of several hundred pounds of prescription and non-prescription medication and paraphernalia.
Citizens should keep the medicines in their original containers and mark out the personal information on the bottle. Prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, liquids and pills will be accepted.
For the April 28 Med Toss, 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
• Dunbar High School – 1600 Man-O-War Boulevard
• Wal Mart - 2350 Grey Lag Way (Hamburg)
Locations of Prescription Drug Drop Off in Nicholasville:
Kroger on South Main Street, 10am-2 pm
Wal-Mart on North Main Street, 10am-2pm