Medication collection set for county

From local sources

The Dubois County Medication Collection will be held on Saturday, April 28, as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Pharmaceutical Drug Take Back Event.  

The Jasper State Police Post, located at 2209 Newton St., will host the collection from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Dubois Fire Station, located at 4579 N. Second St., and the St. Henry Fire Station, located at 1211 W. 1100S will host the event from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Huntingburg and Jasper police departments have a 24/7 medication drop box in their lobbies available for any Dubois County resident at any time. Contact those two departments individually for any restrictions they may have.

Dubois County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Tim Lampert asks that Dubois County residents clean out the expired, unwanted and unused medications from their homes. Don’t forget vitamins, ointments, syrups, drops, herbal products, medications that should have been kept cold but were not, and aerosols not in pressurized containers. No sharp, infectious materials, (anything containing bodily fluids) or waste will be collected. The collection is for private citizens only; it is not for for-profit businesses or health facilities.

Unused drugs are a common household health threat that can be lessened when residents clean the old and unused medications from their homes. Chemical compositions and potency can change and become altered with age, so keeping expired and unused medications in the home is not safe. Some medicine also looks like candy to a child.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department will supervise the collections at the Dubois and St. Henry fire stations, and the Indiana State Police will supervise the Jasper Post site.  

The event impacts the substance abuse and environmental stewardship of Dubois County communities. The sponsors are the DEA, Indiana State Police, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Dubois County Solid Waste Management District, Dubois County Substance Abuse Council, fire stations, Tri-Cap and Dubois County CARES.

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