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Drug take back deemed successful

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com

The Indiana State Police and Drug Enforcement Administration celebrated another successful year on their nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative in which they announced over 2,000 pounds of unused or expired medication had been collected.

According to an ISP press release, the initiative’s mission is to “prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs.”

On Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Miami County residents had the opportunity to visit any Indiana State Police Post excluding the Toll Road Post and were able to dispose of any expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The program accepted liquid and pill medications, but denied needles whether new or used. The initiative is held every year and is a way for residents to safely dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs.

After the collection sites were closed, ISP officers from each post weighed the drugs before taking them to Fort Wayne where they were properly disposed.

“Statewide, the Indiana State Police collected a total of 2,073.5 pounds of unused or expired medication,” stated information from the release.

A large portion of that medication came from the Indianapolis post where 300 pounds of medication was reportedly collected between the designated hours last Saturday.

As for the Peru post, many Miami County residents came out to dispose of their unused medication totaling approximately 125 pounds in the collection drop-off.

Altogether, there were 11 districts that participated in the initiative and gave individuals a safe place to dispose of their prescription medication.

The purpose of the collection hours was to ensure medications were properly disposed of rather than chancing getting into hands of people they don’t belong.

“Anything we can do to reduce the chances of someone having access to these medications is always a good thing, especially if they aren’t needed and just sitting around,” said ISP Sergeant Tony Slocum.