Community members looking to rid cluttered cabinets of unwanted medicine can do so at the Unwanted Medicine Collection event this Saturday, Oct. 28. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the rear parking lot of the Marion Police Department.
The MPD will accept expired unwanted prescriptions, medicines–controlled and noncontrolled–vitamins, herbals, over the counter medication and sharps at the collection site.
“It’s important to make sure that medicine is not accessible to kids. We also want to make sure that people don’t take old medicine,” MPD Deputy Chief Stephen Dorsey said. “This is a great opportunity for the community.”
Donations should be placed in a secure bag or container to ensure safety. Upon arrival, participants will be directed to the drive-thru drop site. At the drop site, MPD officers will accept any medication, no questions asked.
If desired, personal information on bottles may be marked out with a black marker for privacy purposes. The donations, however, will be taken to the Drug Enforcement Administration intake point in Indianapolis for destruction after the event.
Participants may only dispose of medication that they have legal access to or have been personally prescribed.
Loretta Tappan, communication specialist for Marion Utilities, said this event provides a safe way for community members to dispose of unwanted medicine.
Improper disposal of medication poses a threat to the environment and community. Dumping medication down the drain or flushing it down the toilet could lead to contaminated soil, groundwater and drinking water. Similarly, burning medication can release toxins into the air. Furthermore, improper disposal can lead to the illegal use of medication or theft.