From 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday, April 26, the Indiana State Police and the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity
in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of
potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Simply bring your
medications for disposal to any ISP statewide (except for the Toll Road
Post) for this free and anonymous service, no questions asked.
April 26 will be
one of the few days of the year when residents can drop off expired or
unused prescription medications without having to wonder whether they will
be accepted--even controlled substances, such as ADHD drugs are taken. This
program will not accept new or used needles. The collection is
intended for liquid and pill medications only.
On the last Drug
Take Back event, on Oct. 26, the ISP collected 1,451 pounds of drugs. On the
same day, 324 tons of prescription drugs were taken in at over 5,683 sites
operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement
addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” the ISP said.
“Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to
diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S.
are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and
overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused
prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the
home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their
usual methods for disposing of unused medicines--flushing them down the
toilet or throwing them in the trash--both pose potential safety and health
Four days after the
first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of
2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user”
of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to
entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The law also
allows the Attorney General to authorize long-term care facilities to
dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA
is drafting regulations to implement the act. Until new regulations are in
place, law enforcement agencies like the ISP and the DEA will continue to
hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.
To locate the ISP
post closest to your home or business, visit