Lyon County now has a Permanent Med-Return Drug Collection Unit

July 09, 2015

LYON COUNTY RESIDENTS WHO WISH TO DISPOSE OF EXCESS AND EXPIRED PRESCRIPTION AND OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS CAN NOW VISIT THE SAFE AND SECURE PERMANENT DROP BOX OWNED BY THE LYON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. LYON COUNTY SHERIFF STEWART VANDER STOEP SAYS THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS WORKED TO ESTABLISH A PERMANENT MEDRETURN DRUG COLLECTION PROGRAM IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE SUPPLY OF DRUGS THAT CAN POTENTIALLY HARM TEENS AND ADULTS. HE SAYS THEY HAVE SEEN AN UP-TICK IN THE ABUSE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, AND THIS WILL BE A SAFE WAY TO DISPOSE OF THOSE MEDICATIONS. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE WILL BE UNVEILING THE BOX AT THE LYON COUNTY FAIR. FOLLOWING THE FAIR, THE BOX WILL BE MOVED TO THE LYON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE FRONT LOBBY, WHERE IT WILL BE AVAILABLE 24 HOURS/7 DAYS A WEEK. ACCORDING TO THE 2011 SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION’S NATIONAL SURVEY ON DRUG USE AND HEALTH (NSDUH), MORE THAN SIX MILLION AMERICANS ABUSE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.

PROPERLY DISPOSING OF EXCESS DRUGS IS 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.