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[ATG] Zoeller: Turn in expired or unwanted meds Saturday
Start Date: 4/25/2014 All Day
End Date: 4/25/2014
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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana consumers can dispose of expired or unwanted medications Saturday during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to remind Hoosiers to drop off any unwanted medications at one of more than 80 collection sites. All sites will operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and consumers can find a location nearest them by visiting www.dea.gov or by calling 1.800.882.9539.

“This one-day event allows you to anonymously drop off your expired or unwanted medication at no cost,” Zoeller said. "There are many advantages to participating in drug-take back day, but perhaps most important, is the opportunity to significantly reduce the chances of someone else misusing or abusing those drugs.”

Expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications and over the counter solid dosage medications such as tablets and capsules will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, needles and illicit substances like marijuana or methamphetamines will not be accepted.

The Office of the Attorney General’s Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force is hosting a take back event at this year’s Earth Day Indiana Festival from Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Consumers can bring your unwanted medications to the festival at White River State Park, where members of the task force and law enforcement will dispose of them safely. Learn more about Earth Day Indiana at www.earthdayindiana.org.

“During the past take-back initiative, Indiana residents turned in 11 tons of medication at 85 locations and we hope to surpass that number this time,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Dennis Wichern, who oversees DEA operations in Indiana. “We are urging residents to clear out expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs in the home so that they will be properly disposed of and not be potentially diverted to illicit use and abuse.”

Zoeller provided four tips Hoosiers should consider when storing or disposing of unwanted medications:

  • Do not keep medications past their expiration date or intended period of use. Young children or pets might ingest medication if they find it which can lead to accidental poisoning. Avoid an accident by keeping unused medications out of your house;
  • Avoid throwing medications away in the trash. As the epidemic of prescription drug abuse grows, theft becomes more common. This includes identity theft from the personal information on prescription bottles. Dealers and addicts will even go through your trash;
  • Do not flush medications or pour them down the sink. Flushing your unused medication or pouring it down the drain contaminates Indiana’s waterways. This can have devastating results on the fish and aquatic wildlife of these ecosystems; and
  • Never give or sell your prescribed medication to others as it is not only misuse, it is illegal. Legally prescribed medication is not permitted to be shared or transferred to others, because many of these drugs have harmful side effects and their use can lead to addiction. Misuse and abuse come with significant risks — including death.

The Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force is focused on ending the prescription drug abuse epidemic including finding ways to increase availability of disposal sites for unused controlled substances.

Last year, Zoeller and the task force launched a new website, www.BitterPill.IN.gov, and a statewide public awareness campaign which includes radio and TV commercials about prescription drug abuse. The website serves as a one-stop-shop for consumers to find information about the epidemic and how to get help.

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Contact Information:
Name: Erin Reece
Phone: 317.232.0168
Email: erin.reece@atg.in.gov
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