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Prescription drug drop box now available in Todd County

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem across the country and has recently become the leading cause of accidental death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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To help address this issue at a local level, Todd County Health and Human Services has partnered with the city of Long Prairie to install the county’s first and only prescription drug drop box.

The box, which is located in the main lobby of Long Prairie City Hall, is open during regular business hours to the general public and allows people to dispose of their unused or unwanted medication free of charge.

David Determan, health educator with Todd County Health and Human Services, spearheaded the drop-off box project and obtained funding for it. The money was provided through the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division.

Determan had Pro-Tainer of Alexandria manufacture the drop-off box and graphics were designed by Winning Edge Graphics of Alexandria.

In the past, Todd County Health and Human Services has partnered with local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to host a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in April of each year.

Last year, more than 340 pounds of medication were collected from take-back sites in Long Prairie, Staples and Eagle Bend.

While health and human services has had great success with the take-back days, it believes the drop box is a more user and environmentally friendly way to ensure that prescription drugs are being disposed of properly.

Todd County and Long Prairie residents can bring their solid prescription medicines to the front lobby of the Long Prairie City Hall, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The police department can’t accept needles or liquids but all other forms of prescription drug medications can be accepted.

For more information, call the police department at (320) 732-2156.