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Sheriff’s office to take back unwanted prescription drugs Saturday

LYNDON – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will offer citizens an opportunity to rid homes and medicine cabinets of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the sheriff’s office. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

Everyone is welcome to bring prescription drugs for disposal, in pill, tablet or patch form, to 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

The initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, as 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, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with that collected in previous Take Back events over the last five years, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds of pills.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Sept. 26 Take Back Day event, contact Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn at 785-828-4657.

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