National Prescription Drug Take Back event to be held Oct. 26

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson announces that for the fifth time, his office will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative Program, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.
“The program has been a monumental success. Since we started the program we have collected over 1,349 pounds/148 boxes of unwanted medicines,” Olson said.
The Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative is a program sponsored by the US Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration.
“Our citizens wanted to know what to do with their unwanted prescriptions and medications,” Olson said. “Expired and unwanted medicines have become an environmental, community, safety and crime prevention issue.”
In response to this, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, Public Health, County Attorney’s Office and cities in Carver County have come together to help with a solution. Permanent Prescription Drug Take Back drop boxes are located at Chanhassen City Hall and the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.
Carver County residents will be able to dispose of unwanted medications with no questions asked, at any of three locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Locations:
• Norwood Young America City Hall – 114 Reform Street North, NYA.
• Watertown City Hall – 309 Lewis Ave. South, Watertown.
• Victoria Recreation Center Field House – 8475 Kochia Lane, Victoria.
All boxes will be sealed, weighed and transported for destruction by Sheriff’s Office staff.
Residents may also dispose of unwanted medications throughout the year at two permanent drop box sites located at Chanhassen City Hall and the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.
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 Norwood Young America, the city of Watertown, the city of Victoria, Carver County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit, and the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, all working together to keep our community safe.
For more information, see www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

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