Improper disposal of drugs can accidentally poison children or pets who find them in the trash can. They can be scavenged from trash receptacles to be illegally used or sold. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported in a poll that 70% of high school seniors using prescription drugs, not prescribed for them, got them from a friend or relative.

Besides potentially hurting loved ones or pets, improper disposal of unused drugs can hurt the environment. Some medication products should not be flushed down the toilet or drain, burned in the open, or thrown in the trash because they can contaminate the environment if they get into drinking and ground water. They may kill bacteria or produce drug resistant bacteria in sewage treatment plants and septic systems if flushed down the drain. Burning can release toxic pollutants into the air.  For more information regarding disposal of medicines, visit the U.S. FDA page here.

St. Matthews Police Department is pleased to make a dropbox available to residents Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 4 PM.

*The drug drop off is for unwanted prescription pills only, we do not accept over the counter medication
*All drugs MUST be in a sealed zip-lock bag when being deposited
*We will no longer accept drugs in plastic containers or in unopened boxes containing plastic containers
*We DO NOT accept the following: Liquids, Inhalers or Syringes with needles

Residents may also visit one of the locations listed below, or click here to search locations that might be more convenient.

BAPTIST HEALTH LOUISVILLE OUTPATIENT PHARMACY 4000 KRESGE WAY LOUISVILLE, KY 40207
WALGREEN CO. 2021 HIKES LANE LOUISIVILLE, KY 40218
KENTUCKY CVS PHARMACY, L.L.C. 3700 BARDSTOWN RD LOUISVILLE, KY 40218
KENTUCKY CVS PHARMACY, L.L.C. 2222 BARDSTOWN RD. LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
JEWISH HOSPITAL AND ST. MARY’S HEALTHCARE 2020 NEWBURG ROAD LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
WALGREEN CO. 934 SPRING ST JEFFERSONVILLE, IN 47130
HOOK-SUPERX, L.L.C. 1002 SPRING STREET JEFFERSONVILLE, IN 47130
NORTON HOSPITALS INC. 231 E CHESTNUT ST LOUISVILLE, KY 40202
CLARK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL 1220 MISSOURI AVE JEFFERSONVILLE, IN 47130
MEIJER PHARMACY #167 2750 ALLISON LANE JEFFERSONVILLE, IN 47130
NORTON AUDUBON HOSPITAL ONE AUDUBON PLAZA DRIVE LOUISVILLE, KY 40217
WALGREEN CO. 2811 HOLMANS LANE JEFFERSONVILLE, IN 47130
WALGREEN CO. 2360 STONY BROOK DRIVE LOUISVILLE, KY 40220
NORTON HOSPITALS INC 4960 NORTON HEALTHCARE BLVD LOUISVILLE, KY 40241