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
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
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.