User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


25° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

 Winter Storm for March 2-3, 2015

Snow Outlook

Severe Weather

State Radar


Click here for local closings & delays

Send photos to ushare@keloland.com

Storm Center Update

 

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

SF Police Accepting Unused Prescriptions

July 13, 2012, 6:01 PM by Hailey Higgins

SF Police Accepting Unused Prescriptions
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Sioux Falls police want to help make sure your unwanted prescription drugs don't get into the wrong hands.

Starting Friday, the department will collect unused and expired prescription drugs permanently in the lobby of the Law Enforcement Center seven days a week.

The program is based on previous drives sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. In April, more than 400 pounds of pills were collected in just one day.

"It became quite obvious there was a need out there," Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel said.

Barthel said the drug box will help not only patients clear out their cabinets, but help cops keep them out of the wrong hands.

"If there is one area where we see growth and some problems is with the prescription drug abuse, especially in our youth," Barthel said.

Lewis Drug Clinical Pharmacist Sara Hicks says it's very common for patients to have extra drugs lying around their homes, particularly pain pills.

"If someone has surgery, they may get a supply and they just don't need it. After time, the pain gets better, the incision heals. A lot of times, medications change," Hicks said.

Hicks said people have tried to give unwanted drugs back to the pharmacy, but it is against the law. She admits the police department setting may deter some people from dropping off pills, but the anonymous collection is a good start. 

"I think it's a good idea, so they don't get in the wrong hands," Mary Albers said.

The department's contracted a local medical waste company to dispose of the medicine.

The police department will accept any medication, including needles and chemotherapy drugs between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day. They are not able to dispose of liquid prescriptions.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Minnesota Man Catches Walleye Whopper

2/27/2015 10:21 AM

Paul Ell of Big Lake, MN snagged a 11.6-pound, 29.5-inch walleye after 6 p.m. Thursday night.

Full Story
3 Teens In Custody After Driving Stolen Vehicle

2/24/2015 11:04 AM

Early Tuesday morning, a Sioux Falls woman reported her 2001 Land Rover Discovery was stolen. A set of keys were left in the vehicle's center cons...

Full Story
Woman Admits To Having Sexual Contact With A Teenager

2/27/2015 10:44 AM

A former Sioux Falls teacher pleads guilty to sexual contact charges for a relationship she had with a student. 

Full Story
Canadian Man Tunnels Through Snow To Reach Car

2/25/2015 7:50 AM

Prince Edward Island in Canada is one of many provinces and states along the East Coast dealing with record snowfall.

Full Story
Crews Respond To Fire In Tea

2/24/2015 9:42 AM

Employees reported that everyone made it out of the building before the fire overtook the building.

Full Story


Events