According Indiana State Police officials, prescription drug abuse is on the rise. A new narcotic collection initiative aims to reduce those numbers. Residents can drop off any expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs at the Bloomington Post of the Indiana State Police. The program is headed by the US Drug Enforcement Administration and locally sponsored by the Bloomington Branch of the Indiana State Police. Indiana State Police Department Sergeant Curt Durnil says the goal of the initiative is to make sure these medications do not get into the wrong hands and are not used improperly.
“Our goal in this is just to make sure these pills don’t end up in the wrong hands,” Durnill said, “and if they can’t be used anymore by the person they’re prescribed to then we would like to see them eliminated.”
According to the DEA, the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, usually from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA also says many people improperly dispose of their unused prescription drugs often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, both of which are safety and health hazards.
Residents can drop off their unused prescription pills Saturday morning between 10 and 2 p.m.at the Bloomington’s Indiana State Police Post.