Prescription Drugs

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On this week's episode of WBOI Presents, we'll listen back to several presentations made during Indiana Tech's Tech Talk series on the opioid epidemic. First we'll hear from Fort Wayne Police Narcotics Detective J.C. Gutierrez. Part two of the show will bring us perspective from two Indiana Tech professors, Katie Parrish, Assistant Professor of Special Education, and Dr. Justin Boyce, Professor of Psychology. The final presenter will be Justin Phillips from Overdose Lifeline.

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The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index has consistently found the Hoosier State to be  among the worst for individual well-being.  And in a new report released Wednesday, Indiana landed among the top ten states for  mood-altering medication use. 

According to the polling firm, Gallup, more than 22 percent of Hoosiers claim to use  prescription or illegal drugs regularly. 

Great Lakes Clean Water

The Yellow Jug Old Drugs program creates opportunities for people to dispose of unused prescription drugs year-round at participating pharmacies. The program is coming to Indiana.

For many Hoosiers, the only opportunities to get rid of prescriptions is to throw them away – which  risks environmental damage – or take advantage of limited drug take back events.