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National Drug Take-Back Day

Today is national drug take back day. It's a nationwide effort to reduce prescription drug abuse and to properly dispose of the drugs.
In recent years, prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths have been on the rise. The Vigo County Sheriff's Department is doing its part to help decrease the abuse.

"Today we're accepting any unwanted prescription drugs that you're willing to get rid of. We're accepting them here at the sheriff's office," Capt. John Moats said.

When it comes to getting rid of prescriptions, some people throw them in the trash or flush them down the drain. Police say it's a common mistake. Getting rid of prescriptions this way could be harmful to the environment.

"It gets into our drinking water. It gets into our landfill. It could be hazardous waste."

Some people we talked to understand the risk of having old prescriptions laying around the house.

"There's too many young people out there that might break in your house and get ahold of it. I don't want to be the cause of an overdose," West Terre Haute resident Jared Robert Poppe said.

Jared is a throat cancer survivor, so he has several expired prescription drugs at home.

"I had cancer. I'm seven years cancer free. I had a lot of drugs and they change it so much. You got to put back and you don't know what to do with it."

Law enforcement has seen a hike in drug addicts breaking into homes to steal expired drugs. If you have any expired drugs at home and a site is doing a take-back, be sure to get rid of them immediately.

This is the eighth take-back day in four years and the previous events have been highly successful, collecting more than 3 million pounds of prescription drugs.

For more information on proper drug disposal, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/index.html
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