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ISP participating in DEA drug take back Saturday

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On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Indiana State Police will be partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and numerous other law enforcement agencies across the U.S. in the seventh drug take-back event in three years.

Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,829 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners across the U.S.

This initiative 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 hazards.”

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Hoosiers can dispose of any expired or unwanted drugs by simply taking those drugs to their nearest ISP post (with the exception of the Toll Road Post in Bristol) and dispose of them in a designated receptacle, no questions asked.

It should be noted the drug take-back is for pills, capsules, and liquids only. No sharps will be accepted.

 

Posted 10/22/2013