DEA to fund local prescription drug ‘take-back’ program in October

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the police departments in Little Falls, Pierz and Randall, will sponsor a prescription drug “Take-Back” program throughout October.

Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said that county residents can drop off unused prescription medications at the drop boxes located at the Little Falls Police Department, Randall City Hall or Pierz City Hall. Receptacles are located at each of these locations.

Although residents can drop their unused prescription medications at these locations at any time, a cooperative agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will permit the sheriff’s office to dispose of the collected medications without incurring the normal and expensive costs.

“Although we all pay the cost for disposal through our tax contributions to the federal government, it is a significantly lighter burden compared to having only the local tax payers in Morrison County fund this effort,” said Wetzel.

All prescriptions collected prior to Oct. 26 will qualify for disposal through the DEA-funded take back program.