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Drug TakeBack Program Day Set For April 28

By Staff | Apr 19, 2018

A?highly successful and popular program is returnig to Palo Alto County next weekend. On Saturday, April 28, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 15th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Area residents will once again be able to bring unused or outdated prescriptioin medicaitons for disposal to three locations in the county on April 28.

Residents in West Bend may bring their outdated or unwanted prescription medications to the West Bend City Hall and turn them in to a Sheriff’s Deputy who will be located there in a patrol vehicle.

Reisdents in the Mallard area may also bring their medications to a sheriff;s deputy who will be located in front of the Mallard Fire Department in his patrol veichicle. Both drop off sites will be available from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.

The third location for dorp off will be at the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office from 10 a.m. till 12 noon Saturday, April 28. A white drop box is located just inside the lobby door to the Sheriff’s Office.

If the times above do not allow residents to participate andthey would still like to dispose of your medications, they are asked to please give the Sheriff’s Office a call at 712-852-3535 and ask for Sheriff Schultes

“I would be more than happy to make arrangements to assist you,: Schultes said. “Always remember, the white box in the Sheriff’s Office is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year to drop off your medications here.”

It is important to remember that the Drug Enforcement Administration cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps of any type during this “take back” event, only pills or medicationi patches.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In the Fall of 2017, Americans turned in 456 tons, or 912,000 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than nine-million pounds-more than 4,500 tons-of pills.

Locally in Palo Alto County, the Sheriff’s Office collected 14 pounds of medications in October of 2017, but since the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office began participating in April of 2012 some 181 lbs. of medications have been collected in the county and safely disposed.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. 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. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen 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.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28 Take Back Day event, go to