Indiana residents may anonymously drop off any unused, unwanted or expired prescription pills and liquids to Indiana State Police Posts Saturday free of charge. Sergeant Noel Houze says Indiana State Police collect the unwanted prescription drugs through these programs so they don’t fall into the wrong hands.
“We continue to see problems with illicit drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin and drugs that are typically drugs that you think about when you think about drug abuse, but a growing concern is the abuse of prescription drugs that were probably obtained legally,” Houze says.
Office of National Drug Control Policy officials say prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest growing drug problem.
Linda Grove-Paul is the Director of Addiction and Forensic Services at Centerstone, a Center for Behavior Health serving Indiana and Tennessee. Grove-Paul says prescription drug abuse among Indiana youth is higher than the National average.
“It’s a life and death issue,” she says. “There are thousands of people who die again of accidental overdoses each year. And often times it’s a mix of opiates and alcohol or other kinds of medications.”
Grove-Paul says doctors must be more responsible in prescribing medicine.
Specific drop-off times and locations for Saturday’s take back can be found here.