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Prescription Take-Back Event Is October 22

By Staff | Oct 6, 2016

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is offering area residents a chance to clean out their home’s medicine cabinet and dispose of old, outdated and unused medications, including outdated prescription medications.

The 12th Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held locally on Saturday, Oct. 22. This is the sixth year that such a program has been offered locally.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office will have deputies in patrol vehicles at the Ayrshire Community Center and the Cylinder City Hall from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 22 to accept old and unused medicines. There will also be a collection point at the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office in Emmetsburg from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

No liquid medications can be accepted, nor can the drop off location accept any type of needles or sharps only pills or medication patches. This service is free of charge and anonymous, with no questions asked.

“This past April, we collected 12 pounds, which was 10 pounds less than our largest collection of 22 pounds in October of 2013,” noted Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes. “I am hoping that we can surpass the 22 pounds, but we can only do that with your cooperation. Please visit with your family and friends and talk about this program with them and invite them to this event. If you can, bring them with you and drop off your medications together.”

Schultes continued, “I am excited to report that the Dairy Queen is partnering with the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office for this event. This year, everyone who brings in medication to any of our three collection sites will receive a certificate for a free treat of their choice at the Dairy Queen in Emmetsburg. I am very pleased with Dairy Queen’s support for this very worthwhile event and their assistance in providing a safe community.”