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Drug program expands to Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS - The Yellow Jug Old Drug program is heading to Indiana.It partners with local pharmacies and the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force to provide drug disposal.

The program address the fact that there are very limited ways to dispose of unwanted drugs but now consumers can take unwanted medication to any participating pharmacy year round. They also says this option will reduce the amount of chemicals showing up in the water.

All this week, pharmacies throughout Indiana will receive a letter encouraging them to join the Yellow Jug Old Drug program.

"The Yellow Jug Old Drug not only decreases the volume of expired or unused prescription drugs in our medicine cabinets, it could also have a beneficial impact on the environment and the state's fresh water supply," Thomas Easterly, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, said.

Local law enforcement say its a great idea from the state.

"I think any program that allows people more options is great, we saw a need, it's great that the state is actually seeing a need that way they can expand this out throughout the state," says Under Sheriff Sean Holmes of the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department.

 Representatives from the United Way say it's a positive step as well.

"I love that pharmacies will have an option, some know about our med return boxes but sometimes citizens are scared to go to the police department and they feel uncomfortable so that they have another option is a great thing," says Jessica Koscher of the United Way.




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