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Law Eases Rules for Dropping Off Old or Expired Drugs in Indiana


A new law in Indiana will make it easier for people to drop off their unused or expired drugs to pharmacies and health clinics. Until now, a police officer had to be present when a pharmacy collected unused drugs.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that the law came out of proposals created at a symposium on prescription drug abuse last December. In a statement, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said, “Prescription drug abuse, often through teenagers raiding their parents’ medicine cabinets, has become a rampant problem in our state. Parents and grandparents understandably want to discard unneeded drugs, but flushing controlled substances is not recommended since pharmaceutical pollutants can find their way into waterways.”

1 Response to this article

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    Maggie Larson / May 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I am very interested in getting a copy of the legislative bill that was produced to allow for this change to make it easer to drop of medications at pharmacies etc.. I am part of a coalition in Idaho and we are considering moving forward on the same effort here.

    Thank you,
    Maggie Larson
    DFC Project Coordinator

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