Sheriff's office to install drug drop off box
Friday, December 14, 2012 10:13 AM
PUTNAM COUNTY - The Putnam County's Sheriff's office indicated today that they will be installing a "Drug drop off box" in the main lobby of the Sheriff's office.
The acquisition of the box was made possible through a grant application this past summer for such box to be installed and made public as a means of disposal of any unwanted, unused or expired medications.
"We have participated in the National D.E.A. Drug Take Back days for the last two and a half years on the designated days and have taken back and disposed of over 800 pounds of medications," said Sheriff James Beutler in a media release to the Sentinel.
Several other community organizations have partnered with the sheriff's department on five different events to collect the medications and by installing the box, citizens will not have to wait until the next bi-annual take back day.
The box will be located just inside the doors of the front lobby to the Putnam County Adult Detention facility which is accessible 24 hours a day.
"I wanted to be able to ffer this option since prescription drug theft is a huge industry for the illicit use and sale of such drugs," said Beutler.
The grant was sponsored by the following: Attorney General Mike Dewine, Ohio Department of Health, Drug Free Action Alliance and National Association of Drug Diversion Interdiction.
Only pills, powders and patches may be deposited, no needles or liquids.