The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office and Carey Police Department will be taking part in a Prescription Take Back event Saturday.
The public can drop off unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the sheriff’s office, 125 E. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky; or CPD, 127 N. Vance St., Carey.
“We won’t be accepting any needles, liquids or creams, just pills,” Sheriff Mike Hetzel said.
Although the official hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Carey Police Chief Dan Walter said his department will accept drugs any time.
“We’re going to be available all day Saturday and we’ll take them all day,” Walter said.
“It’s a great time to clean out your medicine cabinets and bring those extra medicines you no longer use and dispose of them properly,” Walter added. “We are doing this to keep them out of the septic and sewer system because they are toxic. It’s a great service that the state is providing.”
The Prescription Take Back event is being put on by the METRICH Enforcement Unit in partnership with law enforcement agencies from Wyandot and surrounding counties. The drugs will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for proper disposal.
“We don’t like to see them thrown in the trash,” Hetzel said. “Don’t flush them or throw them down the drain because it pollutes our water supply.”
More than 25 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in at the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office and Upper Sandusky and Carey police departments on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in October.
“The main thing is to dispose of them safely and to eliminate them from lying around and young people getting a hold of them,” Hetzel said. “… Illegal use of prescription drugs is one of the leading crimes law enforcement is fighting right now.”
For more information, call the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office at 419-294-2362 or the Carey Police Department at 419-396-7678.
By CHANDA NEELY