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"Yellow Jug Old Drug" Program Set To Expand

Last updated on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

(UNDATED) - The Indiana Attorney General is encouraging pharmacies across the state to join in a program that offers a year-round, safe place to bring on unwanted medications.

Right now, police departments and Indiana State Police are offering certain days for acceptance of the pills and the like.

The "Yellow Jug Old Drug" program will allow residents to bring pill bottles to participating pharmacies for drop-off and the program will coordinate the collection and disposal.

Pharmacies across Indiana will be receiving a letter from Attorney General Greg Zoeller this week, encouraging them to join the program.

National data shows that 71% of people misusing prescriptions get them from friends or relatives. About 78,000 children under the age of 5 across the country are treated each year for poisoning in hospital emergency rooms. The unwanted drugs can pollute clean water supplies and make it tougher for sewage plants to remove the chemicals in them.

The Great Lakes Clean Water Organization started this program in 2008.

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