Dispose of unwanted meds Sept. 29

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson is proud to announce that the Sheriff’s Office is again participating in the National Take Back Initiative Program on Saturday, Sept. 29.
The Take Back Initiative is a program sponsored by the US Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration.
“One of the most common places abusers of prescription drugs obtain their drugs is right from our own medicine cabinets,” Olson noted.
This will be the third time this program has been offered in Carver County.
“The program has been an overwhelming success. Since our first event last fall, we have collected over 502.6 lbs (51 boxes) of unwanted medications,” Olson said.
Carver County residents will be able to take their medicines to any of three locations on Sept. 29. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The locations are:
• Cologne City Hall-1211 Village Parkway, Cologne.
• Waconia City Hall- 201 South Vine Street, Waconia.
• Chanhassen Senior Center -7700 Market Boulevard (Lower Level of City Hall),
Chanhassen.
Carver County residents just need to show up with their medicines and drugs and place them in a collection box, with no questions asked. The boxes will be sealed, weighed and transported for destruction.
“So bring us your expired or unused medications and we’ll dispose of them for you,” Olson said.
This program is a partnership between, DEA, US Office of Justice, Carver County Public Health, Carver County Office of Aging, Carver County Attorney’s Office, TRIAD, the City of Watertown, the City of Victoria, the City of Norwood Young America and the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, all working together to keep our community safe.
For more information, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

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