Take Back Excess Medications

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A free, anonymous and “no questions asked” service is coming to the Wabash Valley Saturday.  
 
Milburn’s Health Mart Pharmacy in Sullivan is just one of many places participating in the annual drug take back program. 
 
Just one of many locations in the Wabash Valley that are participating in the drug take back program with the partnership of the DEA. 
 
Law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by alleviating the drugs from their homes. 
 
Last April, Americans turned over 447 tons, over 893 million pounds of prescription drugs at almost 5,400  sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 sites by local law enforcement partners. 
 
“We came up with a drug take back box with the pharmacy to provide a safe place,” says Ed Walker, owner of Milburn’s Health Mart Pharmacy. “When you have extra pills, and you need to get rid of them, you can dispose of them here and they don’t end up in the waterways. And they’re also secure. We work with the sheriff’s department and they come in once a month and empty it so that they can go and incinerate them, so that it does not get into the waterways or people can get into them.”
 
On Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, there will be places in Knox county, Sullivan county, Vigo county, and surrounding areas participating in the program.
 
Now there are permanent spots where people can place their prescription drugs year round if you can’t make it out tomorrow. 
 
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. 
 
Permanent Locations:
Milburn’s Pharmacy- Sullivan, IN
Honey Creek Mall- Terre Haute, IN
Terre Haute Police Department- Terre Haute, IN
 
Temporary Locations:
Bicknell Police Departmen- Bicknell, IN
Vincennes Police Department- Vincennes, IN
Knox County Sheriff’s Department- Vincennes, IN 
Any Indiana State Police Post, IN

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