Medication collections set for later this month

From Local Sources

The Dubois County Medication Collection is set for Saturday, Oct. 26, 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. The Birdseye Fire Station, located at 9 W. First St., Birdseye, and the Ireland Fire Station, located at 5053 W. Main Street, Ireland, will host from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Huntingburg and Jasper police stations also accept pharmaceuticals 24/7 in their drop boxes located at 503 E. First St. and 309 E. Sixth St. respectively.

Dubois County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Chris Faulkenberg asks that Dubois County residents rid their homes from expired, unwanted and unused medications. Unused drugs are a common household health threat that can be lessened when you clean the old and unused meds out of your home. Don’t forget vitamins, ointments, syrups, drops, herbal products, meds that should have been kept cold but were not, and aerosols not in pressurized containers. These pharmaceuticals will be accepted at the collection sites.

No sharps, infectious materials, (anything containing bodily fluids) or waste will be collected. This collection is for private citizens only. No collections will be accepted from businesses or health facilities.

There are reasons why expiration dates are stamped on medication containers. Chemical compositions and potency can change and become altered with age. Keeping expired and unused medicines in the home is not safe. Some medicine looks like candy to a child, and some may be tempting to a teen or someone with a problem.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office will supervise the collections at the Birdseye and Ireland fire stations, and the Indiana State Police will supervise the Jasper Post site.

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