Walgreens installs medication disposal kiosks at 14 Indiana locations

Perscription pills growing as gateway to harder drugs

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A safe, easy way to get rid of your prescription drugs is now available at several Walgreens locations in the state.

The medication disposal kiosks allow people to throw away unwanted, unused or expired medications.

The 14 locations in Indiana are part of a larger program. Kiosks have been installed at more than 300 locations across 24 states and Washington, D.C.

The kiosks were installed in an effort to try and reduce the misuse of medications, and to also cut down on overdoses.

Among other efforts to combat drug abuse, Walgreens began offering naloxone without requiring a prescription in all its Indiana pharmacies in February.

The following Indiana Walgreens locations have a disposal kiosk:

  • Columbus – 2400 Beam Road
  • Evansville – 925 S. Green Blvd.
  • Fort Wayne – 6202 W. Jefferson Blvd. and 6201 W. Stellhorn Road
  • Gary – 2500 Grant Street
  • Greenfield – 1195 N. State Street
  • Indianapolis – 8905 E. 10th Street and 3545 W. 86th Street
  • Jeffersonville – 934 Spring Street
  • Kokomo – 2400 W. Sycamore Street
  • Muncie – 2720 W. Jackson Street
  • Portage – 6001 Central Ave.
  • Schererville – 651 W. U.S. Highway 30
  • Terre Haute – 1300 Wabash Ave.

“Take back programs like the one Walgreens is implementing are an important part of the overall fight to confront the prescription drug crisis in our State,” said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller. “These programs, combined with over-the-counter access to naloxone, allow citizens to join the effort to prevent more tragedies like we see too often throughout Indiana. As co-chair of the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, I have worked with many others to increase access to naloxone, pushed for legislation aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse and launched ‘Bitter Pill’, a comprehensive public education campaign to increase awareness of this critical issue. Though we’ve made important strides to curb prescription drug abuse in Indiana, our work is far from over.”