STATE HOUSE (April 28, 2017) – National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 29, State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) announced.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to curb prescription drug abuse by setting up drug disposal sites nationwide.
“Extra prescription drugs either get thrown away or left in areas of homes like medicine cabinets,” Merritt said. “Either way, this opens up an opportunity for people to have access to the drugs, furthering drug abuse in our state.”
Hoosiers living in Hamilton and Marion counties can click below to find drop off points in their areas. Each site is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here to find drop off locations.
Merritt added that this legislative session he authored a bill to help decrease the number of prescription opioids patients receive.
Senate Enrolled Act 226 limits the amount of opioids that may be prescribed to a patient receiving his or her first opioid prescription from a provider, helping doctors ensure patients avoid developing an addiction to pain medication.
The governor signed SEA 226 into law earlier this week.
“This law will help cut down on the number of extra prescription drugs in Indiana,” Merritt said. “I am hopeful it will also help curb the drug epidemic in our state.”
For more information regarding National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, click here.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Merritt added that he will be available for an on-camera comment at an Indianapolis location.
Click here for a high-resolution photo of Merritt.
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