On 10-22-2016 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office participated in it’s 9th Drug Take Back Program since becoming involved for the first time in April of 2012. In the 9 programs we collected 132 pounds of drugs that were then shipped to the Drug Enforcement Administration for proper disposal.
Collection sites this time were conducted in Cylinder, Aryshire and Emmetsburg. Participants were able to bring their medications to one of these sites and delivered them to Chief Deputy King or myself.
This year we partnered with Dairy Queen and everyone that helped keep the community safe by bringing in some medication received a certificate for a free Dairy Queen Treat of their choice. Now my goal for this project was to surpass our previous total of 22 pounds that was collected on April 26th, 2013. I am very pleased with the participation and turn out Saturday as we collect 22 pounds, thus tying our previous high total. Collecting 22 pounds is magnificent! My goal was just a number to shoot for. To collect 22 pounds of medications that will never make it into the wrong hands and will never be abused is really a great thing! I was very happy at the conclusion of the event on Saturday and need to thank all those who participated and Dairy Queen for providing the free treats.
I encourage everyone to secure your expired or unwanted medications until our next program in April of 2017. Please tell family and friends about this program and invite them along, I would love to surpass that 22 pound mark!
Sheriff Lynn J Schultes