Unused or expired medication can pose a risk to children, family members, and the environment. It can also be misused or abused, leading to serious complications, overdose, even death.
You can dispose of unused or expired medication safely, easily, confidentially, and for free in a Drug Collection Kiosk at the Danville Police Department. The kiosk is open to all residents, Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm -- no questions asked. This is a safe, effective, and sustainable way to dispose of prescription substances.
What is collected?
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-Counter medications
- Pet medications
- Sample medications
- Pills, capsules, inhalers, ointment & patches
- Liquids in glass or leak-proof containers
What is not collected?
- Bloody or infectious waste
- Aerosol cans
Important disposal information to remember:
Scratch out all identifying information on the prescription label to make it unreadable. This will help protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.
If the drug label or patient information that accompanies the medication has specific instructions for disposal, follow those carefully. Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet unless this information specifically instructs you to do so.
Do not give medications to friends. Doctors prescribe drugs based on a person's specific symptoms and medical history. A drug that works for you could be very dangerous for someone else.
What else can you do?
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?
- Safeguard Your Medicine
- Keep prescription medicine in a secure place.
- Count and monitor the number of pills you have.
- Lock up your medicine.
- Educate Yourself & Share Resources
- Share information with family, friends, and neighbors.
- Talk to youth about the risks of underage drinking and abusing prescription drugs. Children who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs than those who do not get that critical message at home.
- Get Help
- If you or someone you know needs help, call 800-928-8000 or go to
- http://www.bluegrass.org/ . Addiction is a treatable disease. And there are many paths to
- recovery. Let us help you choose yours.
National Council on Patient Information and Education: Learn safe medicine storage tips
Smart Disposal: Learn about the environmental benefits of safe disposal
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Prescription Drug Take-Back