Mark E. Gorbett
The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office is now offering an additional service to our community. Bartholomew County Residents may anonymously drop off potentially dangerous, expired, unused, or unwanted prescription medications for safe disposal.
Medications should be contained in a pill bottle or some type of container such as a baggie or envelope. (Please note: Liquids, Syringes, or inhalers are not accepted for disposal.)
Unwanted or unused medications are a threat to public safety and public health. Many are not aware that medications in the home are highly susceptible to misues, abuse, and theft. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to the drugs. Studies show many abusers, a high percentage of which are teens, obtain the majority of abused prescription drugs from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, many do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away; both are potential safety and health hazards. As a side note, children often mistake prescription medications for candy. It is of the utmost importance that medications be properly labeled, stored, or disposed.
The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office at 543 2nd Street has become a site where citizens can drop off medication during regular office hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except county holidays or closings.
Major Todd F. Noblitt