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Experts around Elkhart County say abuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem. (Photo supplied)
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day allows Indiana residents to safely dispose of prescription drugs
Posted on April 17, 2014 at 1:21 p.m.

Did you know over 6 million people in the U.S. use prescription drugs non-medically? On top of that, more than 50 percent of people who abused prescription drugs in 2010 and 2011 got them from family members or friends for free, prescription drug safety group AWARxE'S website said.

And to make matters worse, 4 out of 10 teens think abuse of prescription medications is safer than using illicit drugs, AWARxE said. The majority of teens who abuse prescription drugs say they're easy to get. Often, they end up combining them with alcohol – a potentially deadly combination, AWARxE said.

That's why the federal Drug Enforcement Administration holds National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which aims to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft, the Office of Diversion Control's website said. This year, locals can safely dispose of their unused or unwanted prescription drugs at several locations around northern Indiana on April 26. 

Only medications in liquid and pill form can be dropped off, The Associated Press reported. New or used needles will not be accepted. 

Here are some of the locations around the area that will take unwanted drugs on April 26. 

  • Mishawaka Central Fire Station, 333 E. Douglas Road in Mishawaka
  • LaFortune Student Center on Notre Dame's campus
  • Indiana State Police Department, 1425 Miami Trail in Bremen
  • South Bend Fire Department, 1222 S. Michigan St. in South Bend

On last year's take-back day, Indiana residents dropped of more than 1,875 pounds of unused prescription drugs, The Associated Press reported. Across the country, 11.5 tons were taken back.