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Sheriff: Hundreds drop off more than 500 pounds of medications

KAAL-TV
Updated: October 26, 2019 11:28 PM
Created: October 26, 2019 11:25 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Olmsted County Sheriff's Office says "another successful Prescription Drug Take Back Day is in the books." 

On Saturday, at the Gonda Building driveway in Rochester, organizers say more than 600 people dropped off more than 500 pounds of medications. This year, for the first time, the program took e-cigarettes and vaping items. 

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One Mayo Clinic doctor shared that this event saves lives, "In the emergency department we get it from both sides... we see people over there for overdose, misuse of drugs or medications. We see people there from accidental overdoses. And, we're prescribing and supplying some of these medications," said Dr. Casey Clements.

Organizers say there is also a year-round, 24-hour, drug disposal kiosk at the Olmsted County Law Enforcement Center. Those who want to get rid of their medications can go through the Adult Detention Center doorway. Everyone is welcome to use it but there are limits to what can be put in it, "The take back box is something we've had now for several years. Something that we'd like to tell people is that it's not intended for medical devices, not a place for sharps, it's not for vitamins, or your medical devices," says Olmsted County's Sheriff Kevin Torgerson.

Volunteers from Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center, and Zumbro Valley Medical Society of Minnesota helped make this event happen. 


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