National Prescription Take Back scheduled in Lexington

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Opioids, drugs, prescription pain killers

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – People living in Central Kentucky have the chance to dispose of unwanted or expired medication in Lexington this weekend.

Saturday, April 27 is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Take Back Day.

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The DEA and local law enforcement agencies across the country will host a free, no-questions-asked disposal event.

In Lexington, the Take Back Day event is Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Kentucky American Water at 2300 Richmond Rd.

Officers from the local DEA office, Lexington Police Department and 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

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

In October 2018, Americans turned in 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs at thousands of drop-off sites across the country during the spring take back event. 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.