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Cooperative effort nets 100-plus pounds of drugs

By Staff | Nov 1, 2013

The Estherville Police Department in cooperation with Avera Holy Family Hospital had another extremely successful Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, October 26th, 2013. The local entities worked in conjunction with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to arrange for a place for citizens and businesses to deposit unused, expired, or unneeded drugs for destruction.

The drug deposit boxes were placed in the main entrance to the hospital and at the police department. The event netted 100 plus pounds of medication.

The purpose of the event is to eliminate medications from getting into the wrong people’s hands for illegal use and to eliminate the idea that it is ok to flush the medication into the sanitary sewer system. Every year there are medications stolen from relatives or family members and either used or sold illegally. The medications being flushed into the sanitary sewer systems also create a problem with the waste water facilities. The drugs are shipped to the DEA following the program where they are properly destroyed.

The Estherville Police Department would like to thank all of the citizens that participated in the drug take back program and the assistance from staff and the use of facilities at Avera Holy Family Hospital.