Numerous communities plan to participate in National Prescription Take-Back Day
INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers will be able to safely get rid of unused or expired prescription drugs this weekend.
This Saturday is National Prescription Take-Back Day, which is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. The program is designed to encourage people to dispose of old prescription drugs in a way that endangers neither other people nor the environment.
All around Indiana, there will be collection sites where drugs can be dropped off.
Police stations, hospitals and pharmacies are the most common drop-off sites. Some communities will begin the collection early – on Friday – and continue it through Saturday.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller founded and co-chairs the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force. Zoeller said in a press release that collecting unused prescription drugs is a public safety priority.
“Our goal is to change the habit of keeping old prescription drugs around the house any longer than they are actually needed,” Zoeller’s statement read.
“Treating these drugs casually furthers the false impression that prescription medications are safe and contributes to the high rates of prescription drug abuse and addiction. Doing your part to ensure you’re not facilitating any potential abuse and sending a message to your children that these drugs are dangerous can make a real difference.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that drug overdoses now cause more deaths across the nation and in Indiana than automobile accidents.
A complete list of drop-off sites can be found at https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/NTBI/ntbi-pub.pub?_flowExecutionKey=_c5A7D761D-FC0A-3065-B7ED-201CE451084D_k922EDC1A-3AF6-3D71-EADE-F0A65ACABD69.
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