Indiana Takes in Record Amount of Prescription Drugs at Columbus Event
It was the largest drug takeback event in the state, according to the Indiana Attorney General's office.
COLUMBUS, Ind. (WDRB) -- A one-day drug take-back event in Columbus earlier this month netted the largest amount of prescription drugs ever hauled in by a single event in Indiana.
A news release from the office of Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill touts that officials took back approximately 400 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
"The 400 pounds was a record amount for a single event and brings the total collected by the office this year to 1,463 pounds," the news release states.
The event took place at a Kroger store and was a joint effort by the Office of the Attorney General, the Indiana State Police, the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office and the Columbus Police Department.
"Abuse of prescription medicine is a big part of our overall drug crisis," Hill said in a statement. "Across the United States, more than 6 million people abuse controlled prescription drugs. Here in Indiana, nearly 1 in 20 Hoosiers report having used opioid pain relievers for non-medical uses, and a majority of abused medication comes from family and friends of users. We're doing good work whenever we get these drugs out of people's medicine cabinets and properly discarded.”