Date set for Drug Take Back in Newton Co.

Photo shows Indiana State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil participating in a prescription drug take back program at the Bloomington, Ind. post. (Photo Provided/ISP)
Photo shows Indiana State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil participating in a prescription drug take back program at the Bloomington, Ind. post. (Photo Provided/ISP)

NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Newton County residents can clear out potential dangers from their homes with the Drug Take Back initiative, the sheriff’s office announced.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office said it will once again participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s program. The Drug Take Back event will be held on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with three drop-off locations.

  • Tri-County True Value – 5653 E. State Road 10, Roselawn
  • Beaver Township Community Center – 409 South Polk St., Morocco
  • Newton County Courthouse – 116 N. Third St., Kentland

Sheriff Tom VanVleet said this initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue. He said studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs come from a friend or family’s medicine cabinet.

“Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse,” VanVleet told News 18 in a release. “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.”

The sheriff’s office said the service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Newton County residents can bring their unused or unwanted pills or patches for disposal. Deputies said no liquids or needles will be accepted.

The Drug Take Back program is the chance to rid your home of the potential for theft or drug abuse, the sheriff’s office said.

“Let’s keep Newton County hazard free and safe,” said VanVleet.

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