Medication Drop Boxes & Take-Back Days
To make it easier for citizens to dispose of their expired or unwanted medications – both prescription and over-the-counter – medication drop boxes are available throughout the UNITE service region in conjunction with police agencies and local governments.
Since October 1, 2012, UNITE has collected 34,572.7 pounds (more than 17.28 tons) of medications from these drop boxes (updated 10-30-19).
Permanent Drop Box Locations
There are 48 medication drop boxes in or adjacent to Operation UNITE’s service area. These boxes are available during regular business hours.
See below for list of locations by county.
Please remove all identifying labels from prescription pill bottles before depositing them in these boxes. Liquid medications, illicit drugs, and items with a needle are not accepted at these locations.
For a listing of additional prescription drug collection locations in Kentucky visit the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy website.
National DEA Take-Back Days
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has conducted 18 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days in partnership with Operation UNITE, the Kentucky State Police, and other agencies through October 2019.
During the last DEA Take-Back Day, held Saturday, October 26, 2019, UNITE turned in 3,129 pounds (1.56 tons) of medications. Kentucky’s Take-Back Day total was 13,100.84 pounds (6.55 tons). Since 2010, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed 12,699,456 pounds (6,349.7 tons) of prescription medications from circulation (through October 2019).
The National Take-Back Day scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Medication Drop Box Locations
Owingsville Police Department
Bell County Sheriff’s Office, Pineville
Middlesboro Police Department
Pineville Police Department
Boyd County Sheriff’s Office, Cattlesburg
Jackson Police Department
Carter County Sheriff’s Office, Grayson
Manchester Police Department
Elliott County Sheriff’s Office, Sandy Hook
Martin Police Department
Prestonsburg Police Department
Cumberland Police Department
Evarts Police Department
Harlan County Sheriff’s Office
Harlan Police Department
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, McKee
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Paintsville
Paintsville Police Department
Knott County Sheriff’s Office, Hindman
Barbourville Police Department
Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Barbourville
Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, London
London Police Department
Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Louisa
Beattyville Police Department
Leslie County Sheriff’s Office, Hyden
Jenkins Police Department
Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, Whitesburg
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Stanford
Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office, Salyersville
Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Inez
McCreary County Sheriff’s Office, Whitley City
Menifee County Sheriff’s Office, Frenchburg
West Liberty Police Department
Owsley County Sheriff’s Office, Booneville
Hazard Police Department
Pikeville Police Department
Clay City Municipal Building
Powell County Courthouse
Pulaski County 911 Center
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Somerset
Mt. Vernon City Hall
Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Morehead
Monticello Police Department
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Monticello
Williamsburg Police Department, City Hall
Corbin Police Department
Wolfe County Sheriff’s Office, Campton