Six police departments and one Walgreen’s accept prescription medications at their drop boxes anytime throughout the year. They are available to dispose of your unused, expired and unwanted medications. Call the department for additional disposal information.
Valparaiso Police Department355 S. Washington Street Valparaiso
Portage Police Department6260 Central Avenue Portage
Hebron Police Department125 N. Main Street Hebron
Porter Police Department50 Francis Street, Porter
Chesterton Police Department790 Broadway, Chesterton
Porter County Sheriff’s Department2755 S. Indiana 49, Valparaiso
Walgreen’s6001 Central Avenue, Portage
Reasons to Properly Dispose of Old Medications
Taking the Wrong or Expired DrugsWhen drugs become out-of-date or aren’t well labeled, it is easy for someone who is sick or confused, or simply can’t see well to swallow the wrong ones. One way to prevent problems for these patients is to dispose of the drugs as they expire or as they are no longer required.
Drugs Get into the Wrong HandsWhen drugs are not disposed of correctly, they can easily fall into the wrong hands. It may be a teenager who helps himself to his grandparent’s medication, a curious toddler who puts everything in her mouth, or a trash picker combing through the dumpster.
Drugs in the EnvironmentWhen any substance, including a drug is flushed down the toilet it becomes a part of the water supply. It can leech into ground water if you have a septic system. If you are on a community sewer system, it enters the water supply after waste water treatment. Studies of drinking water supplies in the United States have reported traces of pharmaceutical drugs in every metropolitan area’s water resources.
Be a part of the solution to dispose of prescriptions in a responsible manner. If you would like additional information, call 219-462-0946.