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AG Curtis Hill Announces Record Amount Collected at Columbus Drug Takeback
Updated July 16, 2018 12:26 PM
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(UNDATED) - Attorney General Curtis Hill announced today that a drug takeback event in Columbus on July 12 produced a significant haul - approximately 400 pounds of expired, unused and/or otherwise unwanted prescription drugs.

The event, held at a Kroger store, was a collaborative effort by the Office of the Attorney General, Indiana State Police, Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office and the Columbus Police Department. The 400 pounds was a record amount for a single event and brings the total collected by the office this year to 1,463 pounds.

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Keeping old medication puts families at risk, which is why it's important to dispose of unused or leftover medication. Drug takeback events help Hoosiers properly dispose of prescriptions --preventing accidental poisoning, overdose, illegal use, identity theft and contamination of water resources.

"Abuse of prescription medicine is a big part of our overall drug crisis," Attorney General Hill said. "Across the United States, more than 6 million people abuse controlled prescription drugs. Here in Indiana, nearly 1 in 20 Hoosiers report having used opioid pain relievers for non-medical uses, and a majority of abused medication comes from family and friends of users. We're doing good work whenever we get these drugs out of people's medicine cabinets and properly discarded."



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