Tricounty News

National medication take back initiative



Sheriff Jeff Norlin announces that from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, the Meeker County Sheriff's Office will be working in conjunction with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on the National Take Back Initiative for prescription and over-the-counter medication disposal program.

Sheriff Norlin said that in this joint collection, a deputy will be on hand during these hours to assist with this program. The disposal location will be in the lobby of the Law Enforcement Center at 326 North Ramsey, Litchfield. Sheriff Norlin further advises that this program is anonymous and no request for identification will be made under these guidelines. That medication will be accepted in its original container or, removed from the original container and otherwise bagged for deposit. "Just remember to 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 said that 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. If you cannot make this date work for you relative to the national campaign with the DEA, Sheriff Norlin says, "Don't worry." You can follow the same procedures and make the deposit in the Sheriff's Office lobby anytime, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, in connection with the Sheriff's Office, Meeker County Public Health, and LAARP1's local collection efforts by "taking it to the box" located in the Sheriff's Office lobby 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.