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Clay County Drop Off Sites Open for Old Prescription Meds

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The Clay County Sheriff's office kicked off a county-wide initiative on Tuesday to dispose of old medications. Prescription drop-off safes are now available in Moorhead, Hawley, Dilworth, Barnesville and Glyndon.

Officers spent Tuesday installing the safes in those respective police departments. The program started in Moorhead in 2010, and the sheriff's department felt it was time to expand the service.

"This is something the Moorhead Police Department has been doing for some time and they've had good success with it," explains Lt. Steve Landsem. "There are other programs like this throughout the state of Minnesota and we feel that the ability to cover the entire county, and all the citizens in Clay County have a place that's close to where they live to drop off their meds is well worth the efforts."

There are some guidelines to follow when disposing of old medications:
  • Prescriptions in standard containers can be dropped off as-is
  • Loose medication can be put into plastic bags available at the site
  • Liquids should be in a secure container and placed in a plastic bag
  • Do not drop off syringes
The Sheriff's Office says the partnership will allow people in Clay County to dispose of unused prescription medications anonymously. You can drop off all expired, unwanted, or unusable prescriptions or over-the-counter medications used by family members or pets.

The Sheriff's Office says pharmaceutical waste that is incorrectly disposed of can pollute air, land and water and may threaten human or animal health. Pharmaceuticals from medicine cabinets are responsible for more than 40% of home poisonings and are a target for drug abusers.
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