864 pounds of prescription drugs disposed of in Kosciusko County

News Release

WARSAW — Local authorities are applauding efforts by residents to turn in unwanted and expired drugs under the national Prescription Drug Take Back which culminated Sunday.

In the past six months, Kosciusko County residents properly disposed of 864.5 pounds of medication through the initiative. The total amount of properly disposed medication through the Kosciusko County Prescription Drug Drop-Off Box initiative is an astounding 4,665 pounds and countless lives that may have been saved.

Unused prescription drugs can find their way into the wrong hands for both youth and adults. 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” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug misuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs.

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 Cares and Kosciusko Drug Free Coalition, Kosciusko County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office, Silver Lake Police Department, Winona Lake Police Department, Milford Police Department, and Syracuse Police Department.

“The Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office is involved with the devastating and permanent outcomes of the opioid epidemic. My office is committed to partnering with K-CODE and other agencies and partners in the proper disposal of prescription medications. This program saves lives,” said Tyler Huffer, Kosciusko County coroner.

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. 1st 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