INDIANAPOLIS — To combat prescription drug diversion, misuse and abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration will sponsor the 18th nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday.
Collection sites will be set up nationwide for expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs which will be properly disposed of without threat to the environment.
This program is for liquid and pill medications. Vaping pens without batteries and vaping cartridges will also be taken. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.
Needles, new or used, will not be accepted for disposal.
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.
Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose both potential safety and health hazards.
Area drop off sites include:
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at any Indiana State Police Post, except the Toll Road Post.
- 9 a.m. to noon at Greencastle High School in Greencastle.
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kroger, 2140 Fort Harrison Road, Terre Haute, Indiana.
To locate the State Police post closest to your home or business, click this link for Indiana State Police on the Map.
To find other locations in Indiana or across the U.S. that are participating in the Drug Take Back initiative, click this link to the DEA.