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Got drugs? Sheriff’s office will take them off your hands, no questions asked

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is taking back unwanted prescription drugs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 27,092314-got_drugs_banner at the sheriff’s office at 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon.

The sheriff’s office is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event will provide an opportunity for Osage County residents to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Only pills or patches will be accepted, as the DEA will not accept liquids, needles or sharps. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a public safety and public health issue because medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, people are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing than in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.

The sheriff’s office will conduct another collection on 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City.

For more information, contact Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn at 785-828-3121.

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