National Prescription Take Back Day on Saturday

Opioids, drugs, prescription pain killers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – 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.

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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.

Many pharmacies and hospitals offer permanent drop boxes where residents can dispose of prescription medication.

Officials say 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.

On Saturday there will be sixteen collection sites across the state or people to drop-off expired and unused prescription drugs and new this year, vaping devices or cartridges as well.

For more information about Take Back Day and the disposal of prescription drugs, go to or