|WCSI Local News|
Indiana is marking a milestone in its efforts to dispose of unused prescription drugs. Indiana has now incinerated a million pounds of medication at the Covanta Energy plant on Indianapolis' south side.
Attorney General Greg Zoeller says leaving unused medications lying around the medicine cabinet creates a danger that they could fall into the hands of children or otherwise be misused. He says simply throwing away or flushing meds creates problems for the water supply.
The Drug Enforcement Administration says Hoosiers turned in 11 tons of medications at the latest in Indiana‘s twice-a-year "Drug Take Back" days last weekend. In Columbus, Public Safety spokesman Matt Myers says the Columbus Police Department took in close to 400 pounds of unused prescription medication from local citizens. He says that total is expected to increase, as residents can drop-off medications anytime with the front desk officer.
Legislators passed a law in 2011 intended to eliminate those special turn-in days by allowing people to simply hand over unused drugs to pharmacies for disposal. But Zoeller says state agencies are still working to finalize regulations governing how those drugs should be handled.
Last Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:51:20 PM
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