Local law enforcement reminds Drug Take-Back this Saturday

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the Washington Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are teaming up to hold a prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27.

According to a news release, 19 tons of leftover medication was collected during this statewide event in 2018. The release also says a quarter-billion doses of controlled prescription drugs were dispensed in Iowa in 2018.

Washington County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Shawn Ellingson reminded the community of the upcoming day at the supervisors meeting on Tuesday. He said the drop-off would take place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the UP Church parking lot.

“We have the prescription drop-off out at the jail 24/7 for anyone who wants to drop that off, but this Saturday at the UP Church from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., the police department, DEA and Sheriff’s office will be there accepting expired prescription drugs,” he said. “Feel free to drop by the UP Church parking lot and we’ll accept those from you.”

Washington Police Officer Ron See said the county holds two take-back days a year - once in spring and again in fall. He said although there is a box available for drop-off anytime, it’s important to host these days as a reminder to people to drop off unused prescription drugs.

“It’s a way to safely dispose of those unwanted pharmaceutical drugs that people may accumulate throughout the year,” he said. “It just brings awareness to it and it gives people an opportunity to clean out their medical cabinets and get those things turned in. Otherwise, just like everybody else, people get busy and things pile up on you, and you never know what could happen. It could possibly get in the hands of children or someone else.”