IU Health Blackford and Jay are happy to announce that a Drug Take-Back Box has recently been installed in each hospital. The Take-Back Boxes will allow members of the community to clean out their medications and dispose them in a safe way.

    “We are excited to offer a safe and secure option for community members to dispose of expired and unused medication,” said Jerry Carlson, RPh, IU Health Blackford Outpatient Pharmacy Manager, “This is a positive for both our team members and the communities we serve.”

    Cheri Knapke, PharmD. RPh, Pharmacy Operations Manager at IU Health Jay agrees, “This is an extremely valuable service for our community, as we have had many questions surrounding the topic of unwanted medications and what to do with them for a long time now. The drug take back box provides a safe, secure avenue for disposal of medication to avoid possible accidental poisonings, misuse and overdoses in our community. We are excited to see the drug take-back program in operation here in the hospital, a convenient area for community access.”

    The best way to safely dispose of unused pills and other over-the-counter or prescription medication is to take them to a designated collection site. Safe drug disposal prevents substance abuse and accidental poisoning, and reduces the risk of water or land contamination.

    The boxes at both locations accept expired and discontinued medications. It has both written and pictorial instructions for customers as to what goes into the box, and what should not (ie. needles, liquids, inhalers, lotions, and mercury thermometers should not be placed in the box). It is acceptable to dispose prescription bottles with their contents, as any patient information is kept confidential and cannot be accessed by others.

    “IU Health as a system is committed to improving the health and wellness of all Hoosiers,” said Dave Hyatt, President of IU Health East Central Region Critical Access Hospitals, “Providing a safe and effective way for our community to dispose medications is another way to support that commitment and help fight the state-wide drug epidemic. I encourage our communities to utilize this valuable service.”

    The Drug Take-Back box at IU Health Blackford is located in the Retail Pharmacy at 410 Pilgrim Blvd. in Hartford City during normal business hours of Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call (765) 348-4989.

    The Drug Take-Back box at IU Health Jay is located in the main hospital lobby. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for medication disposal. For more information, please call (260) 726-1931.