How to safely dispose of old medicine for free

Posted at 6:08 AM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 06:08:41-04

CINCINNATI – Old medicines shouldn't be thrown in the trash or down the drain since they can seep into groundwater or get into the hands of curious children, animals or drug abusers.

That's why local law enforcement agencies are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency to offer free and safe disposal of unused and expired over-the-counter and prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30.

No questions are asked at the event, and your participation is anonymous.

Some local collection spots include the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office; Fairfax, Blue Ash and Montgomery police departments; and every Kentucky State Police (KSP) post across the Commonwealth. Visit the website here to find the collection location closest to you.

Sgt. Michael Webb, spokesperson for KSP, said that the program is designed to be easy for citizens and offered the following tips for those interested in participating:

  • Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box located at the drop off location.
  • All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers will be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in original containers. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
  • Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens. 
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

For more information about the ‘Take Back’ program, contact KSP at (502) 782-1780 or visit the DEA website.