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City installs dropbox for expired medication

Posted: Friday, Jan 17th, 2014

A green permanent drop off collection unit for excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications is in place in the front lobby of City Hall in Huron and is open 24 hours a day. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

HURON — Excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can now be dropped off at a safe and secure location at City Hall in Huron.

The Huron Police Department has purchased a permanent MedReturn drug collection unit in order to reduce the supply of drugs that can potentially harm teens and adults.

Huron joins the cities of Aberdeen, Rapid City and Spearfish as well as Ellsworth Air Force Base with permanent MedReturn drug collection sites.

Huron City Hall is at 239 Wisconsin Ave. S.W. The drop box is in the front lobby and is open 24 hours a day. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.

A 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Among youths who are 12 to 17 years old, 7.4 percent report past year non-medical use of prescription drugs.

Placing unused or expired drugs into sanitary landfills or flushing them down the drain contaminates soil and water supplies and can harm animals and humans.

Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility as a matter of public safety.

More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.

With a permanent drop off site, Huron residents won’t have to wait for a specifically scheduled take-back day to safely clean out their medicine cabinets.

The drug collection unit is produced by MedReturn LLC of Grafton, Wis.

For the complete article see the 01-16-2014 issue.

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