“Just take a few of my leftover…”
“My sister will never miss one or two of these, and I have a huge headache…”
“I was just borrowing a couple of pills from an old bottle of medicine in the cabinet...”
“I store all these in case someone needs them sometime…”
“Dad will never notice they are gone...”
“We just have not had time to go through all these drugs since grandpa passed away…”
These could be any of the reasons that pills end up in the wrong hands. Cleaning out your medicine cabinet ensures that unused or leftover medications don’t end up on the street or cause damage to the environment. Proper disposal protects against the following:
Federal regulations are currently being re-examined to help simplify the return of controlled substances to pharmacies. The Indiana Attorney General’s Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force is currently working towards a pilot pharmacy-based take back program in the State of Indiana.
But we can’t do it alone. We encourage you to get involved — learn more about the appropriate ways to dispose of your unused prescription drugs and make our communities safer.
Take your medications to permanent collection sites—see a complete, statewide list here.
Contact your Solid Waste Management District, Recycling Center, or County Sheriff’s Department, if you have questions.