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Sheriff offers drug deposit site Saturday

The St. Croix County Sheriff will take part in the National Pharmaceutical Take-back Initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 29) at the Government Center's lower level parking lot, 1101 Carmichael Rd in Hudson.

Controlled, non-controlled and over the counter drugs and medications may be deposited at the site. This program is anonymous. No questions or requests for identification of individuals is required, said Chief Deputy Scott Knudson.

The national take-back day provides a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceuticals, controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.

"Basically it's an effort to keep old prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications out of the landfills and the water supply," said Knudson.

Liquids, intra-venous or injectable solutions and syringes won't be accepted. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

Individuals are asked to removed medications from their commercial packaging dispose them directly into provided receptacles.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is coordinating the third National Pharmaceutical Take Back Initiative. It is a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous pharmaceutical controlled substances from the nation's medicine cabinets.

Knudson said it is the second year St. Croix County has participated in the program.

The program provides an opportunity to establish a safe collection site for all Americans, regardless of where they reside.

"There is a drug drop-off site in the lobby of the sheriff's office available to residents year round," said Knudson. "After we collect the drugs, they are delivered to the Highway Patrol office in Eau Claire for transportation to a special incinerator in Illinois for disposal, Knudson said.