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Drop Off Your Old Medications This Weekend

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September 25, 2014 — TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS –Hoosiers looking to dispose of any unused or unwanted medications are encouraged to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Indiana residents need to remember that more than half of people who abuse prescription painkillers for the first time say they report obtaining the drugs from friends and family.

“Over the years, Take-Back Days have proven to be one of the best times to clean out the medicine cabinet and get rid of old, unused prescription drugs,” Zoeller said in a statement. “Keeping unneeded drugs around the house invites the possibility of misuse or abuse, and can be especially dangerous if there are young children or teens in the home.”

Zoeller is the founder and co-chair of the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States.

“Prescription drug abuse continues to be a significant problem. Last year again, more people died from prescription drug abuse than from automobile accidents,” said Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Dennis Wichern, who is responsible for DEA operations in Indiana. “The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day campaign is an important first step in keeping prescription drugs out of the hands of those who may misuse them, as well as helping to raise the public’s awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.”

The DEA announced new guidelines for safely disposing unwanted or unused medications earlier this month. Starting Oct. 9, pharmacies and other health-care facilities will be permitted to register as collectors and accept controlled substances year-round.

During National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the Indiana State Capitol Police Division will host a drop-off site in downtown Indianapolis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m along with other drop-off stations around the state.

Intravenous solutions, needles and illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamines will not be accepted at the drop off stations.

To find local drop-off stations, visit www.dea.gov or call 1-800-882-9539.

 

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