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City Holds Prescription Drug Toss

Louisville Metro Government teams up with the police department starting tomorrow to collect expired or unused pharmaceutical drugs so they can be properly destroyed.It’s the second time this year for what’s become known as the Drug Toss. Mayor’s office spokesperson Kerri Richardson says it’s because the consequences of disposing of drugs improperly can be severe."Those medications can contaminate drinking water, they can contaminate ground water, they could release toxic pollutants into the air, sometimes if you throw them out in the trash, especially I you keep them in that prescription bottle, people that might not be wanting to use them for medicinal purposes can get a hold of them, we don’t want that to happen either," says Richardson.This time around, they’ve set up five locations for residents to drop off their old drugs. In the last drug toss, held in the spring, the city collected more than 700 pounds of old medications.Drug toss locations: Friday, Sept. 26Urban League1535 W. Broadway11 a.m. – 2 p.m.South West Government Center7219 Dixie Highway4 p.m. – 7 p.m.Saturday, Sept. 27Portland Family Health Center2215 Portland Avenue9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Middletown Christian Church500 North Watterson Trail2 p.m. – 5 p.m.Sunday Sept. 28Churchill DownsGate # 10 off Longfield Avenue2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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