Saturday Is First Of 2019 Drug Take Back Days

Northwest Iowa — Saturday is the first of two National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days for 2019. Many sheriffs’ offices in the area and several pharmacies participate.

Sioux County Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Oostra tells us about the program.

He tells us why you should get rid of old medications.

Other experts have also noted that old medication may not be as effective as a new dose.

Oostra tells us that they take almost any kind of drug or medication, but one thing they do not take is needles. (He says many hospitals will accept needles if you put them in a proper container. Contact the hospitals for more information.) Oostra says you can even drop off illicit substances and illegal drugs in the sheriff’s office drop box, no questions asked.

He tells us how they’d like you to dispose of what you’re dropping off.

While there is a focus on dropping off your drugs and medications on Saturday, Oostra says the reception box is available 24/7, 365 in the lobby of the sheriff’s office in Orange City. Several pharmacies and hospitals also have drop off boxes. Ask a pharmacist or medical provider for more information. Or click here.

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