Brown County Sheriff’s Office to participate in National Drug Take Back Day

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office would like to inform county residents that Saturday, Oct. 27 is “National Drug Take Back Day.” This is a national event to garner support of the public to clean out their medicine chest of unused, unwanted or expired medication and to provide safe and secure local drop off points. The BCSO has been a part of this very worthwhile program since the program was established in 2010.

Since that time, more than seven million pounds of unwanted, unused or expired medications have been turned in for destruction nationwide. By statistic, more than 46,000 Americans die each year from drug-related deaths. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.5 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs and a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained through family and friends, including from their home medicine cabinets.

BCSO not only participates in this national event, but the office also is a 24 hours a day, seven day a week drop-off location for these medications. In the past, BCSO has had a positive turn out.

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant felt there is a need to provide this service at any time of day or night to provide a way for the public to properly dispose of their medications.

By participating in this event, the BCSO safely stores the acquired medications in a secure holding area and then turn custody over the to Drug Enforcement Agency agents for proper disposal, so they encourage the public at any time to bring their medications to the Sheriff’s Office at 709 Utah Street in Hiawatha. Dispatchers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to accept the medications.

BCSO cannot accept needles/syringes or injectable medications.

“This is a very worthwhile program that I hope is around for many years to come,” Merchant said. “To date, we have collected and turned in over 2,000 pounds of these medication in Brown County. I appreciate everyone’s cooperation and encourage the public to check your medicine cabinets and turn in your expired, unwanted or unused prescriptions. By working together this helps make Brown County a safer place to live and raise a family.”

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John Merchant currently serves as Brown County (Kansas) Sheriff.

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