Time to spring clean the medicine cabinet

Unwanted medication should be properly disposed. (Photo Provided)
Unwanted medication should be properly disposed. (Photo Provided)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – It’s spring cleaning time, and that goes for the medicine cabinet as well. Several Tippecanoe County agencies are teaming up to offer a medication collection event this Saturday.

The Medication Take-Back program will take place Saturday, April 5 in Tippecanoe County in order for residents to safely dispose of their unused medications. Unwanted medication should never be flushed down the toilet or sink.

The collection events will accept expired or unused prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and even veterinary medications. Law enforcement and pharmacy specialists will be on-site at each location to oversee the safety and security of the program.

The drop off times and locations are as follows:

  • 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Friendship House, 1010 Cumberland Avenue, West Lafayette
  • Noon to 2:30 p.m. – Fairington Apartments, 225 Fairington Avenue, Lafayette
  • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Fowler House Apartments, 407 Ferry Street, Lafayette

West Lafayette Police Deputy Chief Chris Leroux said it protects children, family and the environment by properly disposing of medicines. Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting our waters.

“Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication are readily available in almost every household and often go unchecked once the medication is no longer needed,” said Leroux. “All unused and expired medication should be removed from the home safely – disposing of these in our landfills (trash) or wastewater (flushing) is harmful to our environment.”

The event is a cooperative effort by the Lafayette and West Lafayette Police Departments, Meals on Wheels, the Purdue School of Pharmacy and the Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County. The Drug Enforcement Administration is also participating in this event.

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