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Take Back drug program available

The Stutsman County Community Health Partnership Coalition has designated April 10-13 as a Take Back program for residents to dispose of unwanted drugs.

The Stutsman County Community Health Partnership Coalition has designated April 10-13 as a Take Back program for residents to dispose of unwanted drugs.

Residents are encouraged to check their homes for unused and unwanted over-the-counter and prescription drugs and bring them to one of the following locations:

  • White Drug Pharmacy, 320 10th St. SE
  • Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, 703 1st Ave. S
  • Stutsman County Law Enforcement Center, lower level, 205 6th St. SE, No. 101

Items that are accepted are unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, including:

  • pills, tablets, caplets (remove product from packaging)
  • inhalers nebulizer solutions, liquids and creams (leave medication in original container)
  • controlled substances that are pain relief such as vicodin, hydrocodone, demerol, oxycontin, fentanyl, etc.
  • antidepressants such as valium, zoloft, prozac, etc.
  • sleep aids such as ambien, lunesta, sonata, etc.

Not accepted are sharp objects such as syringes or lancets, thermometers, glass or other non-medication supplies.
Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, said Robin Iszler, administrator for the Central Valley Health District. She said it is important not to flush unused medication down the toilet or toss the medication in the trash as both pose a potential safety and health hazard.

“This event will help the community by preventing accidental poisoning and overdose due to the misuse of prescription medications,” she said.

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