West Lafayette city officials are distributing copies of a free prescription drug discount card available to all Hoosiers through a statewide assistance program.

Called the Indiana Drug Card, the program statewide has saved residents $5.8 million since its inception in 2009, according to the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. West Lafayette is distributing copies of the cards as part of the association's push to publicize the program, said Judy Rhodes, the city's clerk-treasurer. "We have so many students here in West Lafayette who don't have prescription coverage, or have very little coverage," Rhodes said. "This is going to be great for them." When presented to pharmacists, the drug card can save residents up to 75 percent on prescription medications, according to the state program's website. Average savings is about 30 percent. The card is accepted at more than 56,000 pharmacies around the country, including at most major pharmacy chains, the website said. The card cannot be paired with a private insurance card for additional savings, Rhodes said. She said it is not costing the city any money to distribute the cards. In a statement, Mayor John Dennis praised the program as one that will help those in need. "This is a great opportunity for area residents to save on the rising costs of prescription drugs," Dennis said.

The free Indiana Drug Card is available at www.indianadrugcard.com. At that website, residents can input their name to generate their copy of the card. West Lafayette city officials also will distribute copies of the card, imprinted with the city's logo, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sagamore West Farmers Market. Officials also plan, Rhodes said, to post a link to the card on the city's website, www.westlafayette.in.gov. Or residents can obtain a card at the clerk-treasurer's office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 609 W. Navajo Street