To dispose of unused prescription medications and/or purchase nalaxone at a local retail pharmacy, look up where to find a location nearest you here:
Find a Drop Box Location Near You
Locations near you can easily be found with their store locator.
*Most pharmacies that do not currently offer a safe medication disposal kiosk now offer DisposeRx packets or other drug disposal options available upon request in the pharmacy at no cost.
Syringe Services Programs
Syringe services programs (SSP), also known as syringe exchange programs (SEP), have existed and been studied extensively in the United States since 1988. Currently, in Kentucky there are 74 operating SSPs in 62 counties. Community-based SSPs provide access to sterile needles and syringes free of cost, facilitate safe disposal of used needles and syringes and offer safer injection education. SSPs in Kentucky also provide participants with access to critical services and programs, including substance use disorder treatment programs; overdose prevention education; screening, care and treatment for HIV and viral hepatitis; prevention of mother-to-child transmission; hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccination; screening for other sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis; partner services; and other medical, social and mental health services.
In response to Senate Bill 192 enacted in 2015, the Kentucky Department for Public Health publishes guidelines for local health departments implementing harm reduction and SSPs.
For more detailed information on Kentucky's Syringe Services Programs, including SSP location and hours click here.