Be responsible: Properly dispose of unwanted medications

06/10/2015 - To make it easier to dispose of expired or unwanted medications, prescription drop boxes are available across Kentucky in conjunction with law enforcement agencies and local governments. There are now 173 locations in 110 counties, with sites being added daily.

The permanent disposal boxes are monitored and are located in law enforcement buildings. Individuals can deposit their unneeded medications into the boxes with no questions asked. The agencies will ensure the drugs are disposed of in an environmentally safe manner.

To help protect the environment and safeguard your home, it is important that you do not dispose of any medicines down the toilet, drain or storm drains. If you must throw your medications away, follow these federal guidelines:
  • Take unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs out of their original containers. Be sure to conceal or remove any personal information, including the Rx number, on the empty containers by covering it with permanent ink or scratching it off. 
  • Mix prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds, and put them in impermeable, non-descriptcontainers, such as empty cans or sealable bags.
  • Dispose of items in the trash.

Northern Kentucky drop-box locations

Take advantage of the drug take-back program by dropping off unwanted or expired drugs to one of the 15 police department drop-box locations in our area:
  • Bellevue, 616 Poplar St., Bellevue 
  • Boone County, 3000 Conrad Ln., Burlington
  • Campbell County, 8774 Constable Dr., Alexandria
  • Edgewood, 385 Dudley Rd., Edgewood
  • Erlanger, 505 Commonwealth Ave., Erlanger
  • Florence, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Florence
  • Ft. Thomas, 130 N. Ft. Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas
  • Ft. Wright, 409 Kyles Ln., Ft. Wright
  • Highland Heights, 176 Johns Hill Rd., Highlands Heights
  • Kenton County, 11777 Madison Pike, Independence
  • Newport, 998 Monmouth St., Newport
  • Park Hills, 1106 Amsterdam Rd., Park Hills
  • Silver Grove, 308 Oak St., Silver Grove
  • Southgate, 122 Electric Ave., Southgate 
  • Villa Hills, 719 Rogers Rd., Villa Hills
  • Wilder, 520 Licking Pike, Wilder

For a complete listing of the drop-box locations in Kentucky and their hours of operation, click here.

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