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Over 8 tons of unwanted medications collected

By Rob Burgess - rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Hoosiers participated in the 18th nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day by visiting Indiana State Police (ISP) posts, locations sponsored by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA) and the Indiana Board of Pharmacy, and other sites across the state, according to a Wednesday statement from First Sergeant Ron Galaviz, ISP assistant chief public information officer.

In response to a Plain Dealer request Thursday, Sgt. Tony Slocum, public information officer for the ISP Peru post, stated there had been approximately 35 pounds collected at his location alone.

Statewide, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports that Hoosiers safely disposed of 16,483 pounds of unused medication.

The IPLA and the Indiana Board of Pharmacy received 1,125 pounds of prescription medication.

Collectively, the ISP received 1,488 pounds of unused, expired or unwanted medications for proper disposal.

“In partnership with the DEA, the drug take back initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs. 88 sites across Indiana partnered with the DEA to collect unused medication,” stated Galaviz.

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