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New disposal bag is ideal way to rid your home of unwanted medication

There's a new way to safely and easily eliminate unused medicine from your home.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - An Indiana senator is helping promote a new disposal bag that he hopes will keep prescription drugs from getting into the wrong hands.

Sen. Jim Merritt joined representatives of Drug Free Marion County Thursday to announce a new tool promoting safe drug disposal.

Organizers gave a demonstration on safely and easily ridding your home of unused medicine.

Unwanted meds are placed in sealable bags, dissolved and discarded in regular trash. Each bag accommodates up to 45 prescription pills using a drug deactivation system.

The bags are made possible by a grant and Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative.

Merritt has spent several years helping fight Indiana's opioid addiction epidemic and urges families to get addictive medications out of their homes.

“Please get your unused prescription drugs out of your medicine cabinet,” said Merritt, “Dispose of it, dispose it correctly. Don't dispose of it in the water supply. Don't flush it down the toilet. Don't put it down the drain, dispose of it correctly. These bags are the right way to go.”

Merritt announced the distribution of 15,000 bags while attending the 2018 Indiana Public Health Conference. The event featured healthcare companies, law enforcement, drug treatment companies and others.

The free disposal bag initiative is part of the Drug Free Marion County Conference held at Marriott Hotel East.