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Authorities to hold statewide pharmaceutical drop-off effort

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Authorities want Hoosiers with unused, unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals to dispose of them through a drug take-back program.

Drugs can be dropped off Saturday at dozens of statewide locations, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., as a part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The Centers for Disease Control says drug overdoses surpass car accidents as a major cause of death in Indiana. State Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in a Tuesday news release that more than half of those overdose deaths are caused by prescription drugs or heroin.

The program will be operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Indiana State Police and the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force.

For more information and drug drop-off locations visit the DEA’s website.