Yellow jug collects unwanted medication

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) –  It’s a small yellow jug, but health officials are hoping it’ll do big things for the Greater Lafayette communty.

“Safer, cleaner — that’s what we’re going for,” Pharmacist Ben Rachwal said.

It’s called Yellow Jug, Old Drugs and it serves as a collection site for unused, unwanted and expired medication. One is now in place at CustomPlus Pharmacy in West Lafayette, and it’s one of only a few in the state.

“Being a local, independent pharmacy we feel like it’s important to support the local community,” said Rachwal.

He said for years community members had been bringing in their unwanted medication, but he said they always had to turn them away.

“People are always trying to bring back medication for disposal, but we’ve never had a mechanism to do that properly,” said Rachwal. “So now, we’re excited to finally have that.”

Rochwal said they heard about the Yellow Jug program recently and jumped on board right away.

The program began in Michigan in April 2009. As of this May, it has collected more than 49 tons of medication.

“Unused medications are a big source of drug abuse in the community,” said Rachwal. “So, it’s important to get those out of the medicine cabinet and get them taken care of properly, if you’re not going to take them anymore.”

Once the containers are full, Rochwal said it’s contents are picked up and transported to a Waste-to-Energy facility for secure destruction.

The goal is to have the Yellow Jug program available in all Great Lakes states by 2015.

Rochwal said if you’d like to drop off your unwanted medication, you can do so Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The West Lafayette Police Department also collects unused drugs on the second Thursday of every month.

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