LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) - People in Cass County have a new way to dispose of unwanted drugs anonymously.
"There's a need in Indiana for controlled substances to come off the streets," said Beth Jump, Vice President of Ancillary Services at Logansport Memorial Hospital. While people in the area can take some drugs to the local police station, Jump said the police will not take Schedule II drugs. She added that the closest place to dispose of the strong painkillers drugs is in Pulaski County.
And before now, Logansport Memorial's Community Pharmacy was also not able to take unwanted Schedule II drugs.
"People in the community haven't really had a place to dispose of controlled substances," said Darl Skillen, who has been a pharmacist at Logansport Memorial for six years.
He said they have had people bring their stronger drugs to them before, and had to turn them away. However, once the Pharmacy modified its DEA registration to become an authorized drug collector, and added the new lime green drop box, it can now take those drugs safely.
The box comes from the company INMAR and its Consumer Drug Take-Back Program, which launched in 2017. The hospital is asking those who dispose of their drugs in the box to not remove the label from the packaging. Below is a list of what is and what is not accepted in the drop box.
Jump said this is a needed service.
"It's important for patients and community members to keep their controlled substances off the street," she said. "We don't want them in the water supply, we don't want them in the landfills, we want them out of the house and not to end up in the wrong hands."
Skillen said he wants people to be safe about their use of opioids.
"They are very dangerous drugs if not used properly," he said. "So that's the reason these drug take back programs are important."
He attributed the opioid crises we are facing to over-prescribing. Indiana state legislation from 2017 prohibits a prescriber from giving a first time taker more than a seven day supply of opioids.
"In Cass County, we are not as bad as some surrounding counties, but we do have issues in the county," he said. "There is opioid use and any that we can keep of the streets is a benefit."
After medications are dropped off, they are picked up by INMAR to be properly destroyed. You can drop your unwanted drugs inside the Logansport Memorial Community Pharmacy during its hours of operation, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Community Pharmacy at 574-732-0418.