Thursday, May 12, 2011

Law Eases Rules for Dropping Off Old or Expired Drugs in Indiana

A new law in Indiana will make it easier for people to drop off their unused or expired drugs to pharmacies and health clinics. Until now, a police officer had to be present when a pharmacy collected unused drugs.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that the law came out of proposals created at a symposium on prescription drug abuse last December. In a statement, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said, “Prescription drug abuse, often through teenagers raiding their parents’ medicine cabinets, has become a rampant problem in our state. Parents and grandparents understandably want to discard unneeded drugs, but flushing controlled substances is not recommended since pharmaceutical pollutants can find their way into waterways.”

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