Several types of pills mingle in a bucket before being incinerated during the Floyd County Drug Take Back Day event at the Highlander Point Center in Floyds Knobs in April. 

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Police collected more than 2,000 pounds of unused or expired medication on Oct. 27 during the 16th nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft.

Collection sites were set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to be turned in for destruction. This program is intended for liquid and pill medications.

The Indiana State Police set up collections sites at every post, except the Toll Road, and at the Indiana Government Center North building in Indianapolis on Oct. 26. The Indianapolis post collected 300 pounds of medications between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Statewide, the Indiana State Police collected a total of 2,073.5 pounds of unused or expired medication. The State Police post at Sellersburg collected 80 pounds of medication.