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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Franciscan St. Francis Health, DEA offer drive-by drug drop-off, Sept. 27

INDIANAPOLIS – In an effort to curb the abuse of potentially dangerous prescription medications, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Franciscan St. Francis Health are offering a disposal site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event, which will take place in the outpatient parking lot in the northwest corner at the hospital (8111 S. Emerson Ave.), provides an opportunity for the public to rid their homes of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” said Rich Witmer, hospital security director. “This service is free and anonymous – no questions asked.”

The rates of prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses are alarmingly high, the DEA reports. A majority of the medications – both pills and liquids – are obtained from family and friends. Disposal of the drugs such as flushing them down the toilet or discarding them into the trash poses both safety and health concerns.

In a national effort last year, Americans turned in 390 tons of prescription drugs at more than 6,000 sites operated by the DEA and state and local law enforcement partners.