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The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force has partnered with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to promote safe disposal practices in Indiana. The Task Force and IDEM have also partnered with the Yellow Jugs Old Drugs to encourage Indiana pharmacies to participate in the program to provide secure and responsible drug disposal locations throughout the State, helping to keep our water clean and our communities safe. See a list of drop off locations.
DON'T: Flush expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so.
DO: Return unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs to a drug take-back location. If a take back location isn’t accessible to you, follow the steps at this link for proper household disposal.
Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force has compiled a list of Permanent Take-Back Locations throughout Indiana. You can also call your city or county government’s solid waste management district and ask if a drug take-back program is available in your community. Some counties hold household hazardous waste collection days, where prescription and over-the-counter drugs are accepted at a central location for proper disposal.
When it comes to drug disposal, we want to protect the environment as much as we want to protect human life. Landfills are specifically designed to keep trash in and humans out, protecting the outside environment and our communities. There are even special systems in place to protect the groundwater from any run-off from the landfill. The safest way to throw away your medication from home is to follow these Household Disposal Steps.
Keeping medication in your house puts you and your family at risk. That’s why it’s important to safely store the medication you need, and dispose of unused or leftover medication. Proper disposal and storage 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 awaiting DEA regulations to allow us to work towards a pilot pharmacy-based take back program in 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.