Press Release

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Pavilion Pharmacy ready for Drug Take Back Day

November 05, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017 is the 14th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the day each year when people are encouraged to return unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications to a location equipped for proper disposal.

The IU Health Pavilion Community Pharmacy, located inside the main entrance of IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, has recently installed a medication return receptacle. The pharmacy will be open on Drug Take Back Day 9 am – 3 pm. Medications can be returned, however, any day and time when the pharmacy is open.

“We strongly encourage people to review their medication labels at least annually to check for expiration dates, and to eliminate those no longer being used,” said Max Barnhart, RPh, M.B.A., Administrative Director of the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Retail Pharmacy Network. “Not only is it unsafe to use expired medication, but keeping medication that isn’t being used creates the risk that someone else may take the drugs illegally and unsupervised.”

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), “The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.”

The DEA also lists the following reasons for proper disposal of unused medications in its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day pamphlet:


  • Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
  • Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
  • The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
  • The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends – and the home medicine cabinet.
  • Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply.
  • Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.

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The IU Health Pavilion Community Pharmacy can be reached at 765.747.8461 and is located at 2525 W. University Avenue, Muncie.

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