Drug Take-Back Event is Oct. 27

Kentucky American Water is pleased to support Fayette County’s annual fall drug take-back event on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2300 Richmond Road in Lexington.

During the event, residents may drop off unwanted, unused or outdated prescription drugs in a convenient, drive-through manner by entering Kentucky American Water’s customer parking lot, handing to the official volunteers their unwanted medications, and then exiting – all without leaving their vehicles.  Officers from the Lexington Police Department and the Fayette County Sheriff’s office will coordinate the collection.

The free, anonymous event is part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Take-Back Day.  It assists citizens in the proper disposal of medications to help keep them from inadvertently getting into the wrong hands while also keeping them out of the community’s waterways by not flushing them down the toilet. Subsequent to the event, the police department will coordinate – through a safe and environmentally friendly process – the proper disposal of all medications collected.

Accepted items include:

  • Prescription and over-the-counter pills
  • Pet medications
  • Vitamins
  • Medicated ointments and lotions

Liquids, aerosol cans, bio waste and needles cannot be accepted.

The event is made possible by the U.S. DEA, the Lexington Police Department, the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff and Kentucky American Water.  A special medication receptacle, purchased with funds donated by Kentucky American Water, is also available year-round in the Lexington Police Department’s headquarters in downtown Lexington for citizens who wish to clear out their medicine cabinets during others times of the year. Such receptacles are also available now in many area pharmacies.  Individuals should contact their pharmacy to see if a receptacle is available.