CVS joins in fight against drug abuse with medication disposal drop boxes

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There are now more places people can get rid of unwanted prescription medication. Thursday CVS announced many of its stores will add drug disposal drop boxes. 

Allen County already has six permanent drop off locations for people to turn in unwanted medications, and now you can add one more to that list. 

The CVS on East State Boulevard, along with 48 other CVS stores in Indiana and 750 across the country, will have the medication drop boxes. They’ll work just like the ones already installed at the sheriff’s departments, police stations and Walgreens locations.

People can bring in expired or unwanted prescription pills or powders, just no liquids or needles. 

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill joined CVS in making the announcement in Indianapolis Thursday, saying these drop boxes will help curb the drug abuse crisis. Steuben County Sheriff Tim Troyer, who’s also president of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association, was also there. 

“We know prescription drugs are one of the higher end drugs abused by juveniles and children and to minimize that opportunity for exposure I congratulate CVS for joining in partnership with law enforcement across the state,” Troyer said. 

A few weeks ago, our 15 Finds Out investigation showed you how the Allen County Sheriff’s Department had pills piling up because the local incinerator couldn’t destroy the drugs anymore. But they were packed up and taken to Indianapolis to be destroyed there earlier this month.

Ongoing Collection Sites
(Pills only- NO liquids or needles) 

  • Indiana State Police post – 5811 Ellison Rd. 
  • Allen County Sheriff’s Department Huntertown Town Hall 
  • Fort Wayne police in the lobby of the Ed Rousseau building downtown Fort Wayne 
  • New Haven police – 815 Lincoln Highway East
  • Walgreens  at Jefferson and Getz (during pharmacy hours)
  • Walgreens at Maplecrest and Stellhorn (during pharmacy hours) 
  • CVS Pharmacy – 2802 E. State Blvd. 

Click here to see drug disposal drop off sites across the state

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