Taking unwanted medication
Washington County SAFE Coalition volunteers, from left, front row, LaDana Featherston, Becky Meyerholz, Emma Englehart, Deisi Acezedo, and Sarah Smith, and back row, Ron See of the Washington Police Department, Chad Ellis of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Angi Ellis held the annual Washington County Drug Take Back event Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of the United Presbyterian Church. The event gives people a chance to dispose of unwanted medications properly as a way of keeping them from getting into the wrong hands or the water system. Saturday was the National Drug Take Back Prescription Pill Day, hosted by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Smith said if someone wants to give back pills other days, she recommends either contacting a pharmacist or Washington County Public Health. As of Friday, 408 agencies collected medications at 530 collection sites throughout Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota and Illinois.