GPD sets Drug Take Back Day effort for Oct. 21

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon in the upper parking lot at Greencastle High School, 910 E. Washington St.

The Greencastle Police Department (GPD) is again teaming up with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) to take unwanted, expired or unused medications out of peoples’ homes and medicine cabinets.

Both over-the-counter and prescription medications -- pills, liquids or powders -- are accepted at the event.

Participants do not need to be concerned about labels being left on medicine bottles, GPD Chief Tom Sutherlin said, because everything gets put in an incinerator at the Buzzi Unicem USA Plant in Greencastle.

Police won’t ask any questions or take down anyone’s name or license information.

Participants merely drive through the parking lot and drop off any unwanted medications and authorities do the rest.

“We apologize but will not be accepting sharps (needles) with this program,” Chief Sutherlin added.

For those unable to make the Oct. 21 event, a prescription drug drop-off box, donated by CVS Pharmacy, is available in the lobby of GPD station, 600 N. Jackson St., as another means of disposing of unwanted medications. Access to the drop box is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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