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Posted: Friday, April 26, 2019 3:15 pm

The Lake County Sheriff's Department is a designated location for disposing of unused prescription drugs as part of National Drug Take Back Day. A drop-off receptacle will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at 200 E. Center St.

"There are no questions asked. It's like using a public garbage can," Sheriff Deputy Steve Rowe said.

National Drug Take Back Day gives people the opportunity to safely dispose of unneeded medications to ensure these drugs do not get into the wrong hands, according to a press release from the state Attorney General's Office. Rowe noted that if people hang onto unused medications, they can inadvertently take the wrong medication or, even worse, children can get into these medications.

"It's crazy what kids and pets can get into," he said.

Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which provided a list of items which can be turned in. Acceptable items include: prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medications in glass or leakproof containers, and medicine samples.

Items which are not acceptable include: illegal drugs, needles/sharps, acids, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials, personal care products, household hazardous wastes, mercury thermometers, and vape pens.

"I strongly encourage everyone in South Dakota to make sure their unused medications are properly disposed of," Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg said in the press release. "When you safely dispose of these medications, you make a difference and help keep all South Dakotans safe by insuring these drugs don't wind up in the wrong hands."

Rowe emphasizes the anonymous nature of the drop-off site, and the importance of taking advantage of this opportunity for people to "clean out their homes." As a law enforcement officer, he has heard more than once about young children getting into medications which could have harmed them.

"The box is just a plain brown box," he said to encourage those who are fearful that others might find out information about their medical history. "There's nothing to make it obvious."

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