'Operation Medicine Cabinet' to collect, dispose of unwanted, outdated drugs

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Take Back events, such as this, are meant to remove unused prescriptions from the home, where Stubbs said they have the potential to be abused if left there.

Medications must be brought to collection sites. Over the past seven years these agencies have offered two opportunities per year, this being the 14th prescription drug take back day. However, needles, syringes, thermometers, IV bags, medical devices and personal care products are not accepted.

To help combat the problem, the Department of Health and Human Services suggests parents speak to their children early and often about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

Individuals can take pills and other solid forms of medication to one of nearly 5,000 collection sites manned by more than 4,000 partners nationwide.

Medicines left in home cabinets can lead to misuse and abuse of the drugs. Also, flushing unwanted drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can cause safety and health problems, Smith said. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA are alarmingly high, as are accidental poisonings and overdoses. The past events have collected more than 4,946 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs with more than 2,722 residents dropping them off anonymously.

Once again, the Indiana State Police are pleased to partner with the DEA, and as in the past, the drugs may be dropped off at any Indiana State Police Post, except the Toll Road Post.

Andover: Dispose of medication at West Elementary School in the front driveway, 58 Beacon St.


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