Cleaning up your medicine cabinet the safe way


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – There’s a growing danger among families in the Hoosier state and it’s alarming to think it could be inside your home: Prescription drugs.

According to the Indiana Attorney General, every 25 minutes someone dies from a prescription drug overdose.

Sergeant Steve Lockard with the Vigo County Drug Task Force states it’s a never ending problem.

“It’s just so accessible, it’s out there, it’s in people’s medicine cabinets,” he explained. “People are doctor shopping going to multiple doctors, getting the same prescription getting the drugs, selling the drugs. It’s just readily accessible.”

That’s why our local Dug Task Force works so hard to help you clean up your medicine cabinet.

“A lot of these drugs have very specific directions. They need to be taken with something without something,” Lockard said. “You go mixing some of these drugs and they can be just as volatile as street drugs.”

Programs like Tox Away Day – a day to dispose of your old and unwanted prescription drugs – happens – several times a year.

Now, a new program will help you get rid of prescription drugs whenever your pharmacy is open. The Yellow Jugs Old Drugs Program works together with local pharmacies and the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force to provide secure drug disposal.

Pharmacies across Indiana will get a chance to participate and Lockard believes there needs to be more programs like this one.

“I think if we had something that was in place where people could learn about it and knew where locations were where they could drop it off any time I think it would be more utilized,” he stated.

Of course you can always call the Vigo County Drug Task Force at (812) 877-0401 and they can help you dispose of any old unwanted prescriptions medications.

To learn more about the upcoming Yellow Jugs Old Drugs Program, visit their website! provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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