LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is hosting its biannual event that offers a free and safe way for Americans to dispose of medication they no longer need.

The 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 30, with over 4,000 collection sites nationwide including over 60 locations right here in Kentucky.

Central Kentucky collection sites:

  • Barbourville – Knox County Sheriff’s Office
  • Barbourville Police Department
  • Frankfort – Franklin County Health Department
  • Frankfort – Kentucky State University’s William Exum Center
  • Jackson Police Department
  • Lexington – Kentucky American Water
  • London – 350 Airport Road (by appointment)
  • London – Kentucky State Police Post 11
  • Harrodsburg – Mercer County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hazard – Kentucky State Police Post 13
  • Morehead – Rowan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mount Sterling Police Department
  • Mount Sterling – Walmart Supercenter
  • Nicholasville – Walgreens on North Main Street
  • Owingsville Police Department
  • Paris Police Department
  • Richmond – Kentucky State Police Post 7
  • Richmond Police Department
  • Somerset – Pulaski County Coroner’s Office
  • Somerset – Pulaski County Detention Center
  • Somerset – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office
  • Versailles – Kroger
  • Winchester – Walmart

The DEA said its Take Back Day has removed more than 15 million pounds of medication since starting the initiative.

“Disposing of unneeded medications can help prevent drugs from being misused,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “Overdose deaths continue to hit tragic record highs. I encourage everyone to dispose of unneeded prescription medications now.”

The majority of those who misused a prescription drug most commonly got it from a relative or friend, according to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report.

While tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid medications are accepted, the DEA said liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes, and illicit drugs are not.

Drop-off times vary by location, and a full list of collection sites can be found at DEA.gov/takebackday.

If you miss Take Back Day, you can find year-round disposal sites here.