Indiana State Police gear up for 20th annual Drug Take Back Day

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV-TV)—Indiana State Police will host their 20th annual Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 24.

Sgt. Matt Ames, Public Information Officer for ISP, said the goal is to address a public safety and public health issue.

“It’s an important day in the community here in the Wabash Valley,” he said. “It’ll allow people to bring their unwanted drugs into our facility with no questions asked. We’ll take them away from them and get them disposed of properly.”

In addition to accepting unused prescriptions, ISP will also be accepting vape pens without batteries and vape cartridges. But no needles will be allowed.

Those interested can drop off drugs for disposal at any Indiana State Police  post from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several other collection sites will be available throughout the Wabash Valley. Check the online collection site locator to find one nearby.

Local county and city law enforcement agencies will also help with the collection of unwanted prescription meds.

Ames said they hope to keep drugs from falling into the wrong hands.

“Maybe a loved one has just recently passed away and you find all these unwanted unused drugs that you need to get rid of. This allows us to take them away from you dispose of them properly that way we’re not harming the environment and we’re not allowing those drugs to fall in the hands of thieves or have people become addicted to prescription drugs that they don’t need to be using that aren’t prescribed to them personally,” he explained.

He said after doing this for so many years, it’s great to see the community do their part.

“This is a program that will take some stress off of them. They’re making sure that they’re taking care of these unwanted prescription drugs properly,” Ames said.

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