Indiana State Police, local and federal agencies collect more than 39,000 pounds of unwanted medications

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A new Indiana law requires prescribers to clearly state on a prescription bottle label if the prescription is derived of or contains opiates.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – On Oct. 24, Hoosiers participated in the 19th nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back day” by visiting different drop-off sites throughout Indiana.

“Prescription Drug Take Back Day is the perfect opportunity for Hoosiers to clean out their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of any unused medication,” Douglas Huntsinger, Indiana Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement, said. “No matter if it’s one prescription or 10, each prescription we properly dispose of makes Indiana’s communities safer places for all.”

In partnership with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the drug take back initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs.

During the one-day event, the DEA reports that Hoosiers safely disposed of more than 39,000 pounds of unused medication. Collectively, Indiana State Police received 2,130 pounds of unused, expired or unwanted medications for proper disposal. Our partners from the IPLA and the Indiana Board of Pharmacy received 1,194 pounds of prescription medications. 

For more information about the bi-annual “Prescription Drug Take Back Day” or to find year round disposal locations visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/.

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