Northwest Iowa — As we told you last week, this past Saturday, April 30th, law enforcement agencies in O’Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Sioux counties partnered with Compass Pointe Behavioral Health to take part in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
We checked back with Cheryl Buntsma, who is a Certified Prevention Specialist with Compass Pointe, and she provided us with some interesting information regarding Saturday’s collection.
In Osceola County, the Drug Take-Back was held in downtown Sibley, where three large garbage bags full of unused or outdated prescriptions were turned in. In Osceola County, if you missed Saturday’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, you can drop off your unused or outdated prescriptions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in Sibley.
In Sioux County, the Drug Take-Back location was at the Hawarden Police Department. Buntsma tells us that more than 20 pounds of prescriptions were collected at that site, more than five times the amount turned in during the 2015 Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
At this time, no numbers are available from the sites in Lyon and O’Brien counties. If you missed Saturday’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in Lyon County, you can drop off your unused or outdated prescriptions 24/7 at the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office in Rock Rapids.
The annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is done in partnership with Compass Pointe Behavioral Health, area law enforcement, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.