National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

April 27, 2013 Updated Apr 27, 2013 at 10:52 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – A state-wide effort to keep prescription drugs out of the wrong hands.

It's all part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday. Indiana Attorney general Greg Zoeller is pushing consumers to turn in any expired, unused, or unwanted medications.

Many people dispose of their medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, which can pose safety and health risks. That's something the Indiana State Police (ISP) say needs to stop.

“The goal is to keep those medications out of our drinking water, out of landfills, but also out of people's hands who shouldn't legally have them,” said Sgt. Ron Galaviz with ISP.

In the five previous take-back events, more than two million pounds of prescription medications were collected.

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