Wright County Sheriff’s Office taking back unwanted prescriptions

On Tuesday July 17, from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. the Wright County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting unwanted prescription drugs at the Delano Senior Center.

This event is held in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) national drug take back initiative which gives the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring medications for disposal to the Delano Senior Center located at 234 Second Street N. in Delano. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Sharps (needles) and medicines from commercial enterprises (such as care facilities, clinics, stables, and kennels) will not be accepted.

The National Drug Take Back Initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual method of disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office also has a prescription drug receptacle inside the main lobby of the Sheriff’s Office located at 3800 Braddock Ave. N.E., City of Buffalo. Outside of the July 17 event, the public can dispose of unwanted prescription drugs between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended hours until 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Questions on the Prescription Drug Take Back Program can be directed to Lt. Todd Hoffman at 763-682-7640.