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11 Tons Of Unwanted Prescriptions Turned In

Last updated on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

(UNDATED) - Officials say more than 11 tons of unwanted prescription medications were turned in during Saturday’s state-wide Drug Take Back Day.

All of the medicines were incinerated on Monday.

Officials say burning the prescription drugs prevents pollution in the state's waterways and drinking water.

ISP Capt. David Bursten, says, the Indiana State Police participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) sixth Drug Take Back Event which resulted in Hoosiers across Indiana dropping off unwanted prescription drugs.

The first DEA Drug Take Back Event took place in September of 2010 and resulted in 2.4 tons of drugs being dropped off for disposal. The results are in for the most recent Drug Take Back event from this past Saturday and resulted in 11.5 tons of drugs being dropped off. Indiana State Police drop off locations contributed 1,875.5 pounds to the state wide total.

The Indiana State Police has partnered with the DEA in each Drug Take Back event. This popular public service event helps reduce the improper disposal of unwanted prescription drugs by providing an alternative to flushing down the toilet, placement in regular trash or leaving them in the home and susceptible to unintended or illegal use.

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