Sheriff’s Office to collect unwanted prescription drugs

Linn County Sheriff’s Office is offering Prescription Drug Drop-Off sites in rural communities in Linn County Saturday, April 30.

The Sheriff’s Office will collect potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. The program is free and anonymous.

This service addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. This initiative is helping reach out to individuals to encourage them to rid their households of unused prescription drugs that pose a safety hazard and contribute to drug abuse.

Items that will be accepted include prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage medications (tablets and caps).

Intra-venous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted, and illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not included in this initiative.

Linn County Sheriff’s Office staff will be available to receive medications at the following sites:

n 9 to 11 a.m. at Key Bank, 310 S 3rd St., Harrisburg; and Linn County Sheriff’s Office Substation, 38957 N 1st Ave., Scio, adjacent to the Library and City Hall;

n Noon to 2 p.m. at Brownsville City Hall, 255 N. Main St. and at Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St.;

n 3 to 5 p.m. At Central Electrical Training Center, 33309 Hwy 99E, Tangent, and at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office Substation, 274 SW 2nd St., Mill City,

For more information, contact Jo Ann McQueary at (541) 259-6126.