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EPD, Avera drug takeback program

October 18, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

Do you have outdated prescriptions in your medicine cabinet? If so, would you be comfortable knowing that anyone in your home might be able to take them?

The Estherville Police Department, in cooperation with Avera Medical Group Estherville, is offering a prescription drug takeback at the Avera medical clinic at 926 N. Eighth St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

Eric Milburn, Estherville police chief, said any unused and unwanted medicines will be collected for incineration by the Drug Enforcement Administration in St. Louis. The fourth drug takeback in two years, Milburn said the previous three collections netted just over 200 pounds of pharmaceuticals. Anything except syringes will be accepted.

"Prescription drugs are probably the most widely occurring drug problem right now," Milburn said, noting that simply flushing prescriptions down the toilet isn't a good idea either - antibiotics can wreak havoc with the city's sanitary sewer system. Milburn said putting them in the garbage so they end up in a landfill - only to later cause environmental problems - isn't a good idea either.



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