National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
April 25, 2014—Anyone with expired or unwanted medications is encouraged to dispose of them Saturday, April 26th, which has been deemed National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says his office partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to offer more than 80 collection sites in Indiana on Saturday. All sites will operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and consumers can find a location nearest them by visiting www.dea.gov or by calling 1.800.882.9539.
Expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications and over the counter solid dosage medications such as tablets and capsules will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, needles and illicit substances like marijuana or methamphetamines will not be accepted.
“This one-day event allows you to anonymously drop off your expired or unwanted medication at no cost,” Zoeller said. “There are many advantages to participating in drug-take back day, but perhaps most important, is the opportunity to significantly reduce the chances of someone else misusing or abusing those drugs.”
Zoeller provided the following tips for storing or disposing of unwanted medications:
· Do not keep medications past their expiration date or intended period of use. Young children or pets might ingest medication if they find it which can lead to accidental poisoning. Avoid an accident by keeping unused medications out of your house;
· Avoid throwing medications away in the trash. As the epidemic of prescription drug abuse grows, theft becomes more common. This includes identity theft from the personal information on prescription bottles. Dealers and addicts will even go through your trash;
· Do not flush medications or pour them down the sink. Flushing your unused medication or pouring it down the drain contaminates Indiana’s waterways. This can have devastating results on the fish and aquatic wildlife of these ecosystems; and
· Never give or sell your prescribed medication to others as it is not only misuse, it is illegal. Legally prescribed medication is not permitted to be shared or transferred to others, because many of these drugs have harmful side effects and their use can lead to addiction. Misuse and abuse come with significant risks — including death.