Hoosiers encouraged to drop off unused Rx drugs

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INDIANAPOLIS, In  (December 13, 2014)  – Hoosiers were encouraged to bring in old or unwanted prescription medications Saturday during this year’s  Indianapolis Colts’ Bleed Blue Blood Drive and Health Fair at Lucas Oil Stadium .

Staff from the Attorney General’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force operated a booth at the Health Fair, offering information and resources about reducing prescription drug abuse.

“Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States,” said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller. “This is an opportunity to clean out your home medicine cabinets and dispose of prescription drugs so they don’t fall into the hands of someone who may misuse or abuse them, especially a child or teen. We’re grateful to the Colts organization for bringing needed attention to this public health crisis.”

According to data, more than 70 percent of people who misuse prescription painkillers for the first time report obtaining the drugs from friends or relatives, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Meanwhile, a total of 4,062 people came to the blood drive and health fair.  1,942 people donated blood.