July2 , 2022

Dispose of unwanted prescription drugs, vaping devices during National Take Back Day

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Area residents participate in the drug take back event on Saturday, February 18, 2012. The event was sponsored by the C.A.R.E.S. Alliance, with support from the Palm Springs Police Department. (Rodrigo Pena/AP Images for the C.A.R.E.S. Alliance and Palm Springs Police Department)

LINTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The next National Take Back Day, an event where locals can dispose of unused or expired medications, prescription drugs and vaping devices, will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Greene County General Hospital in Linton, Ind.

Participants can drive up to the hospital’s main lobby and a representative will meet them at their vehicle to take the medications. Participants are being asked to not leave their vehicles and to wear a mask.

At its last Take Back Day in April 2021, the DEA said it collected over 400 tons of expired, unwanted and unused prescription medications. Over the 10-year span of Take Back Day, the DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs.

The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at GCGH to maintain the safety of all participants and local law enforcement. GCGH representatives will collect tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of prescription drugs. GCGH will also accept vaping devices and cartridges, provided lithium batteries are removed.

Liquids, syringes, other sharps and illegal drugs will not be accepted. To safely dispose of used sharps such as needles or devices used to manage medical conditions that can puncture or cut skin, place them in a strong plastic container such as a laundry detergent bottle, seal and label the container and discard in the trash.

All used sharps must be containerized before discarding in the trash to ensure the safety of those handling trash. For more information visit safeneedledisposal.org.