OTTAWA - Putnam County Sheriff Mike Chandler spoke at April's Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday and highlighted some of the upcoming events the sheriff's department is focusing on, including prescription drug drop off days.

The sheriff's office has held prescription drug drop off days in the past, however, they are looking into holding more than one a year. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requires the county to hold an event for a safe way of disposing unused prescription drugs, said Chandler.

"We have all had prescription drugs and for whatever reason you may not of used them all. The DEA suggests to do something like this to dispose of them safely," said Chandler.
When the drugs are thrown into the trash, they usually end up in a landfill which can cause contamination in the ground water. The Putnam County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a drug drop off day on April 27 and one change from the past is that there will be drop off spots in different areas in the county.

"We will be having a drop off at the Continental Fire Department from 9 to 11 a.m. and at the Kalida Fire Department from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. so people in the county will be able to go to one that is close to them," said Chandler. "Instead of only doing one day, we are also going to try to have a couple days throughout the year." Chandler also shared that in the Sheriff's Office there is a box located in the lobby for people to drop off drugs anytime.

Sheriff Chandler said another program the Sheriff's Office has been looking into is Operation Lifesaver. That project involves using a GPS tracking device for any persons with Alzheimer's or other mental handicap. Chandler spoke about the benefits it would have for the officers and the people using them. In some cases, the police search for hours for a missing person with memory loss. The device would be a bracelet that the person could wear at all times with a GPS tracking system in it, allowing the family or authorities to find the missing persons easily.