ACROSS INDIANA – You know all those old, almost empty prescription bottles that you really want to get out of the way, but not forever?
Nobody judged. We understand: You were smart enough not to throw them away with your normal garbage and, well, you will not have that excuse on Saturday, April 28th.
In Indianapolis, Noblesville and Fishers, you can dispose of unused medication on the 28th at various locations during the spring-return day. The Drug Enforcement Administration sponsored events are held twice a year to help Americans safely dispose of expired and unused prescriptions.
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Last fall, Americans shot a record 912,305 pounds – or 456 tons – of potentially dangerous drugs, nearly 6 tons more than collected at the event in the spring of 2017. This corresponds to 4,508 tonnes of prescription medicines collected by the DEA since autumn 2010.
Local prescription medicines are April 28, 10 am to 2 pm:
- Fischer police delivery shaft – 4 urban drive
- Kroger – 11700 Olio road
- Riverview Health – East Car Park
- St. Vincent Hospital – Front Entrance, Door 1, 2001 W. 86th St.
- Indianapolis Fire Department Fire Station 4 – 8404 N. Ditch Rd.
- Indianapolis Fire Department Fire Station 27 – 2918 E. 10th St.
- Indianapolis Fire Department Fire Station 2 – 4120 Mitthoeffer Rd.
- Indianapolis Fire Department Fire Station 1 – 1903 W. 10th St
- Indianapolis Fire Department Fire Station 23 – 1108 E. Thompson Rd.
- Indiana Board The Pharmacy – 19659009 Indiana Board of Pharmacy – Walmart, 3221 W. 86th St.
- Indiana Board of Pharmacy – Community Center South Community Hospital Police / Security – 1440 E. County Line Rd.
- Marion County Sheriff Office Drop Box – 40 S. Alabama St.
- Indiana State Police District 52-8620 E. 21st St.
- Kroger Speedway – 5718 Crawfordsville Rd.
In addition, there are more than a dozen other local events in other cities
More events will be added during the week, so Be sure to look for a convenient location here.
Contained are ever larger amounts of opioids, according to the DEA. Although these highly addictive drugs are prescribed for pain relief, they can be stolen and abused by family members and visitors, including children and adolescents. The use of opioids was declared a public health emergency by President Trump.
Often, the road to addiction to illegal drugs, such as heroin, begins in a doctor's office.
"The abuse of these prescription drugs has fueled the country's opioid epidemic, which has led to the highest rate of overdose deaths this country has ever seen," said DEA-acting administrator Robert W. Patterson in a statement. "This is a crisis that needs to be looked at from multiple angles – educating the public and removing these medicines from households in the United States prevents abuse where it often starts."
In 2016, opioids were involved in 42,249 overdose deaths by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overdose deaths were five times higher in 1999 than in 1999 in 2016, the year in which statistics are available.
The majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from the medicine cabinet, the DEA
others said Methods of Disposal – Throwing unused drugs with the trash or flushing them in the toilet – can cause environmental damage, according to the Environmental Protection Agency
But not only opioids are dangerous. Expired prescription medicines may be less effective or risky over time due to changes in the chemical composition. Some expired medicines are at risk of bacterial growth, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Expired antibiotics can not treat infections, leading to more serious diseases and antibiotic resistance, according to the DEA.
The medication must have been prescribed to a member of your household. Illegal drugs can not be disposed of during the events, nor can syringes and needles be used. More information can be found here
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