Thursday, May 5, 2011

DEA's national take back day a success in Indiana and nationwide

This past weekend the Drug Enforcement Administration sponsored a nation wide take-back day. This is the 2nd take-back day that the DEA has set up. The purpose of the days is to provide citizens a means for safe disposal of unwanted, unused prescription medications – including controlled substances. Medications are accepted at authorized locations across the country.

Saturday the state of Indiana collected 8,096 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medications. The Tippecanoe County drop off site, Indiana State Police Post 14, collected 63 pounds.

The first National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 25, 2010, saw participation from 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies and collected approximately 242,000 pounds of medications.

This event continues efforts to help rid the nation’s medicine cabinets of potentially dangerous, unwanted prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, thus helping to eliminate a major source of abused prescription medications.

The West Lafayette Police Department hosts a take back on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Citizens can bring their expired, unwanted and unused prescription medications to the station between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. The address is 609 W. Navajo Street, West Lafayette. The next drop is on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM.

The Drug-Free Coalition encourages you to take some time to clean out your medicine cabinet this weekend and dispose of unwanted and expired medications next week. For more information on prescription drug use and abuse click here.

Thank you for continuing to help us make Tippecanoe County a healthier and safer place to live, learn and work!

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