Northeast Indiana to receive 15,000 drug-disposal kits to help fight opioid abuse

New drug-disposal kits are intended to address Allen County's opioid problem. (AP photo)

Northeast Indiana will be getting 15,000 safe drug disposal kits that will be distributed to various groups for the safe disposal of unwanted and unused prescription medication. Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) Indiana, Mayor Tom Henry and others announced the donation Wednesday as a new tool in the effort to fight the opioid crisis in Allen County.

“Safe drug disposal could keep someone prone to addiction from ever trying an opioid,” Henry said in a statement. “Safe disposal could save lives, and thanks to these resources and education, we are another step closer to controlling this epidemic.”

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Launched in July, RALI is a diverse coalition of business and community leaders, patient organizations and other health care stakeholders dedicated to finding and supporting solutions to end the opioid crisis. RALI Indiana has partnered with the Drug and Alcohol Consortium of Allen County (DACAC) to address opioid misuse in the region and to oversee the distribution of safe drug disposal kits.

“No state or demographic is immune to this problem,” stated MaryClare Akers, executive director of DACAC. “That is why we must do anything and everything we can to reduce the number of unwanted prescription drugs in our community and to provide resources to those struggling with addiction.” The Drug and Alcohol Consortium of Allen County is a member of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), which is part of a nationwide effort to equip local organizations with the tools needed combat the drug crisis.

Research shows that more than 60 percent of Americans prescribed opioid painkillers reported keeping leftover medication in their home medicine cabinet long after ending use. Safe drug disposal pouches will be available at DACAC’s headquarters at 532 W. Jefferson Blvd. and will be distributed at community events throughout the year.

For more information about RALI Indiana, the fight against Indiana’s opioid epidemic and how to safely dispose of unused medication through multiple methods, visit www.rali-in.org.

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