341 pounds of unused medication collected in Kosciusko County in seven months

A drop-off box is available in the lobby of the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.
News Release

WARSAW — Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That’s dangerous and often tragic.

This is why we applaud the efforts of individuals from across the country and right here in Kosciusko County who cleaned out their homes and turned in — safely and anonymously — a record amount of prescription drugs.

The Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiatives. The “Take Back” seeks to prevent prescription drug misuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs.

The drug overdose epidemic in the United States is a clear and present public health, public safety, and national security threat. The utilization of prescription drug drop-off boxes reflects the commitment to Americans’ safety and health, encouraging the public to remove unneeded medications from their homes as a measure of preventing medication misuse and opioid addiction from ever starting.

Prescription drug drop-off boxes are permanently placed in locations throughout Kosciusko County. Area residents are encouraged to safely dispose of prescription medications during the “Prescription Drug Take Back” and throughout the year. K-CODE, Kosciusko Coalition on Drug Education, manages the Kosciusko County Prescription Drug Drop-Off Box initiative in partnership with Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office, Kosciusko Cares and Kosciusko Drug Free Coalition, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office, Silver Lake Police Department, Winona
Lake Police Department, Kosciusko County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Milford Police Department, and Syracuse Police Department.

During the months of April through October 2023, Kosciusko County residents properly disposed of 341 pounds of medication through the initiative.

The total amount of properly disposed medication through the Kosciusko County Prescription Drug Drop-Off Box initiative since 2018 is an astounding 3800.5 pounds and countless lives that may have been saved.

Drop box locations for proper disposal of prescription medications:

  • Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office — 221 W Main St, Warsaw
  • Claypool — 408 S Graceland Ave, Claypool
  • Pierceton Police Department — 207 N 1 st St, Pierceton
  • Mentone Police Department — 201 W Main St, Mentone
  • Milford Police Department — 121 S Main St, Milford
  • Silver Lake Police Department — 604 N Jefferson St, Silver Lake
  • Syracuse Police Department — 310 N Huntington St, Syracuse
  • Warsaw Police Department — 2191 E Fort Wayne St, Warsaw
  • Winona Lake Fire Department — 1000 Kings Hwy, Winona Lake
  • Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office — 1275 W Lake St, Warsaw