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Over 200 people took advantage of Saturday’s opportunity to properly dispose of their unused and unwanted medications.

Dubois County’s bi-annual medication collection day event, in association with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s national event, allows residents the opportunity to get rid of old medications in a safe manner.

Two Dubois County volunteer fire departments and the Jasper post of the Indiana State Police served as collection sites for the day. Tri-Cap RSVP director Becky Beckman says approximately 210 residents brought in 224 pounds of unused medications for proper disposal during the 4 hour event.

Each properly disposed of item reduces contamination in our water system and alleviates potential for accidental overdose or ingestion of outdated or incorrect medication. It is medication kept away from kids, teenagers or those susceptible to becoming prescription medication addicts.

Another collection day will be set for the spring of 2019, but in the meantime residents may also use one of the county’s two 24/7 sites at either the Jasper City Police Department and the Huntingburg Police Department.

Sponsors for the event include the Indiana State Police Post District 34, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, the Holland and St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Departments, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Dubois County Substance Abuse Council, Tri-CAP RSVP, Dubois County CARES and the Dubois County Solid Waste District.

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