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Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

By Staff | Oct 22, 2020

From the Estherville Police Dept.

The Estherville Police Department will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back program this Saturday October 24th, 2020 from 10 AM until 2 PM. Officers from the Estherville Police Department will be located on the north side of the Emmet County Law Enforcement Center to assist with medication drop off. Anyone is eligible to bring medications to the law to discard of them during the take back hours. CDC guidelines for COVID-19 prevention will be in place to maintain the safety of our officers and all participants.

The purpose of the National Prescription Drug Take Back program is to have a safe location for anyone needing to discard any old or unused medications. This a no questions asked program made available to the public. The Estherville Police Department has participated in the program for the past several years in conjunction with Avera Holy Family. Officers typically collect around 90 to 100 pounds of unused medications each time that the program has had a drop off time.

Disposing of unused or old medications can help keep medications off the street, and out of the hands of possible abusers. This helps keep the community and everyone safe from the potential of ingesting a potentially harmful substance. Although many prescribed drugs are meant to assist individuals with health issues, they can also be very harmful if ingested by individuals that they are not prescribed to. With prescription drug abuse on the rise, the Drug Take Back program is a positive and proactive way for law enforcement to assist in the prevention of the problem.

If you are unable to drop your unused medication off this Saturday, you can drop unused medication off anytime at local drop boxes. Drop boxes are located at the Emmet County Law Center and at Avera Holy Family Hospital inside of the clinic. The law center drop box has 24-hour access. Please contact the Estherville Police Department if you have any questions about the program.