Drug Take Back Day Saturday
The Greencastle Police Department will be participating in the annual National Drug Take Back Day event on Saturday, April 20 at Greencastle High School.
Unused or outdated medications will be collected for safe disposal from 9 a.m. to noon in the upper parking area just outside the main entrance to GHS, 910 E. Washington St.
Cloverdale and North Putnam high schools also will be hosting Drug Take Back Day at the same time, Greencastle Chief Tom Sutherlin said.
The effort collected a total of 318.5 pounds at all four county high schools in 2018.
“I’m hoping that we can top 400 pounds collected in 2019,” Sutherlin said.
No sharps (needles) will be accepted. No questions are asked. It is a free service.
“We don’t take names, we don’t take license numbers,” Chief Sutherlin assured.
The drugs are collected and sealed in cartons and delivered to the Drug Enforcement Agency in Indianapolis to be destroyed.
This year marks the 16th Drug Take Back Day event in which the Greencastle Police Department and Greencastle High School have partnered on the project.
The effort has resulted in an estimated 5,000 pounds of unwanted drugs being collected, Sutherlin told the City Council at its April meeting.
He said another 2,000 to 2,500 pounds has been collected in the drop box provided by CVS Pharmacy in the lobby at the Greencastle Police Department, 600 N. Jackson St. Access to the drop box is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.