This Saturday, Indiana State Police and the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department will take part in Drug Take Back VII, which is an opportunity for citizens to dispose of their no longer used or wanted prescription drugs safely, and with no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,829 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration 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. 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, Oct. 26, Hoosiers can dispose of any expired or unwanted drugs by simply taking those drugs to their nearest Indiana State Police Post (with the exception of the Toll Road Post in Bristol), or to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department. The Drug Take Back only accepts pills, capsules and liquids, no sharp objects.
The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, 221 W. Main St., Warsaw, also has a designated receptacle located outside that is available for prescription drug drop off at any time. The same kind of receptacle is also located at the following locations:
Mentone Police Department, 201 W. Main St., Mentone
Milford Police Department, 121 S. Main St., Milford
Pierceton Town Hall lobby, 105 W. Walnut St., Pierceton
Warsaw Police Department, 2191 E. Fort Wayne St., Warsaw
Syracuse Police Department, 310 N. Huntington St., Syracuse
The Kosciusko Coalition on Drug Education utilized alcohol and drug offender user fees to purchase the receptacles for prescription drugs.
To find a location near you where Drug Take Back VII is taking place, click HERE. For those individuals who do not live near an ISP facility, the links below will assist you in determining the nearest drop off location.