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Experts around Elkhart County say abuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem. (Garrett H. - Fotolia)

A drop-off box for the Elkhart County Drug-Free Partnership is located in the lobby of the Elkhart Police Department April 3, 2013. Boxes are at local police departments around the county where residents can dispose of unused prescription and over-the-counter medications. (Jennifer Shephard/Elkhart Truth, File)
Indiana State Police, DEA partner to collect unwanted prescription drugs
Posted on April 23, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.

ELKHART — Don't know what to do with unwanted prescription drugs? The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Indiana State Police can help on Saturday, April 26.

The DEA is sponsoring the eighth "Prescription Drug Take Back" initiative throughout the county. The initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft, according to a press release from the state police. 

Collection sites will be set up nationwide for expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. They will only accept liquid and pill medications. The drugs will be destroyed. 

The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked, according to the press release. 

Anyone needing to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs can do so between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at any state police post, except the Toll Road. 

The Bremen Post, which is the closest and serves Elkhart County, is at 1425 Miami Trail, Bremen.

In Cass County, residents can go to the Ontwa Township Hall to drop off their prescription drugs.

Indiana state police collected 1,451 pounds of drugs at the Oct. 26, 2013, Drug Take Back event, according to the press release.

In Elkhart, permanent drug-collection boxes were distributed to local law enforcement agencies, which were bought by the Elkhart County Drug-Free Partnership. The locations of these boxes are the Bristol Police Department, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, the Elkhart Police Department, the Nappanee Police Department and the Goshen Police Department.

The boxes were installed in each agency's lobby, and are available during regular hours.