Clear Out Medicine Cabinet and Help Keep Environment Safe

It’s a way to clean out your medicine cabinet and help keep the community clean.

Flushing, burning or throwing away old medications can be bad for the environment.

With that in mind, TRIAD of St. Joseph County is holding its annual pill drop on Wednesday in South Bend and Mishawaka.

Volunteers are busy collecting bins of outdated and unused prescription drugs.

"They tell you not to dispose of them because of the environment, so I’ve been watching for this pill drop for a couple of months,” said Ardith Knepp, who is just one of many taking advantage of the pill drop.

Corporal Randy Peppers of the St. Joseph County Police Department explains the process once the pills are collected, "We take them to the South Bend Medical Foundation. We have them incinerated down there, properly disposed at a higher degree where it’s not going to pollute the environment."

You have until 6PM Wednesday evening, to drop off your pills at the St. Joseph County Jail parking lot or at the Mishawaka Police Department.

Don’t worry if you can't make it out on Wednesday. Elkhart County is holding its pill drive on Thursday at five separate locations.

The designated sites are as follows:

  • The Elkhart Police Department, located at 175 Waterfall Drive

  • Brentwood Senior Living, located at 3600 E. Bristol St. in Elkhart

  • Greencroft Senior Center, located at 1721 Greencroft Drive in Goshen

  • Bristol Police Department, located at 301 E. Vistula St.

  • Nappanee Police Department, located at 301 W. Lincoln St.

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