Recent Prescription Drug Take Back Day yielded 51.5 pounds of pills

On April 27, 2019, the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office and a group of area high school students teamed up to host National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, accepting unwanted and expired prescription medications. Throughout the six-hour event, a steady flow of citizens dropped off pills.

The entire amount of collected pills were weighed. The event yielded a total of 51.5 pounds of pills. Captain Derek J. Allen stated, “Allowing citizens to turn in unused, unwanted and expired medications helps keep them from being stolen, misused and abused. The collection of these pills also prevents them from being flushed, which eventually would impact the water table.”

All the collected pills are burned in an incinerator.

As a reminder, there is a secure collection box in the main lobby of Sheriff’s Office that is accessible to the public for disposal of prescription medications year-round.

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