Responsibly dispose of unwanted, unused medications

April 26th, 2018

Free DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: April 28th

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (April 26, 2018) – If you don’t properly dispose of your unwanted or expired prescription medications, your pills might wind up missing, stolen or misused leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.  Don’t be the dealer! According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends – and the home medicine cabinet.  Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.

Kroger, Cardinal Health, Fort Wayne Police Department, and Fort Wayne-Allen County Dept. of Health will be participating in the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Kroger’s located at 6002 St. Joe Center Road.  People wanting to dispose of unwanted or unused medication can simply drive up to the canopy in the parking lot and drop off their meds.  National Take Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.

The DEA reports it collected a record-setting 912,305 pounds of prescription drugs across the nation last fall.  The DEA first launched its Take Back Day in 2010, and since then has collected more than 9 million pounds of medicine from Americans.

If you’re unable to participate on the drug take back day on April 28th, the Allen County TRIAD sponsors a year-round medication collection program, with support from local police and sheriff’s departments. Collection boxes are available at the following police and sheriff posts in Allen County:

Northwest

Huntertown Town Hall
15617 Lima Road
Phone: 637-5058
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8am-5pm

Southwest

Indiana State Police Post
5811 Ellison Road
Phone: 432-8661
Hours: Open 24/7 in the lobby

Central

Fort Wayne Police Department
One East Main Street Lobby
Phone: 427-1222
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8am-5pm

East

New Haven Police Department
815 Lincoln Highway East
Phone: 748-7080
Hours: Open 24/7 in the lobby

ONLY PILLS ARE ACCEPTED THROUGH THESE PROGRAMS (liquid medications can be dried by adding sawdust, kitty litter, or flour, and then thrown away). For more information, please call TRIAD (260) 469-3036.

 

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