Tricounty News

Meeker County medication take-back May 19



Sheriff Jeff Norlin announces that Saturday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to noon, the Meeker County Sheriff's Office will be working in the cities of Litchfield, Dassel, Watkins, and Grove City on the "Take it to the Box" prescription and over-the-counter medication disposal program. This will also coincide with Dassel's Grove City's, and Litchfield's spring cleanup dates.

Sheriff Norlin said that deputies will be on hand during these hours to assist with this program. The disposal location will be in the Sheriff's Station Office in Dassel, Watkins, Grove City, and Litchfield at the Litchfield High School parking lot. Sheriff Norlin further advises that this program is anonymous, no questions will be asked nor will any request for identification be made. Medication will be accepted in its original container or removed from the original container and otherwise bagged for deposit. "Please scrape off or remove any personal identifying information from a prescription label," Norlin said. Liquid products such as cough syrup should remain in its original container, and NO ILLICIT, SHARPS, NEEDLES, SYRINGES, IV SOLUTIONS, or other such material will be accepted. Sheriff Norlin also says the medication take-back program is open to all Meeker County residents at these locations.

Sheriff Norlin said, "This is a good way to dispose of medications so they do not get into the wrong hands and are abused." He added that nationally, hundreds of tons of unused medications find their way through the water systems, or otherwise end up in our environment across the nation, and this is one of the best ways to help stop this as well. If you cannot make this date work for you, Sheriff Norlin says don't worry. You can follow the same procedures and make the deposit at the Sheriff's Office anytime seven days a week, 24 hours a day, in connection with the Sheriff's Office, Meeker County Public Health, and LAARP's local collection efforts by "taking it to the box" located in the Sheriff's Office main lobby in Litchfield, and depositing it in the dedicated take-back box located there permanently.

For more information, you may call the Sheriff's Office at (320) 693-5400, Meeker County Public Health (320) 693-5370, or visit www.co.meeker.mn.us, or www.dea.gov.