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The Union County Sheriff’s Office participates in Project Drug Box. The goal of Project Drug Drop is to significantly reduce the diversion of controlled substances through proper disposal practices and community awareness education. The Union County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), has a Drug Drop Box available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The proper disposal of medications has become a global concern with focuses on safety for the public and the environment. Due to the legalities involved with proper disposal, most U.S. communities do not offer disposal programs for waste medications. As a result, many consumers keep drugs in their possession because they do not want the drugs to go to waste or do not know how to dispose of them properly. Serious safety concerns have arisen regarding issues of accidental poisonings, drug diversion by teens, and environmental risks posed by keeping unused medication in the home. These concerns have prompted the initiation of drug take-back programs by numerous local and state governments and other organizations. The goal of Project Drug Drop is to significantly reduce the diversion of controlled substances through proper disposal practices and community awareness education.
The purpose of the Drug Drop Box is to:
The Union County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a grant by the NADDI, making a Drug Drop Box available to our residents. The box is located in our office lobby at 209 E. Main Street, behind the Union County Courthouse. The Drug Drop Box available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All items placed in the box are secure and will be disposed of by the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
- Reduce Environmental Pollution
- Studies have found prescription drugs in drinking water and natural waterways.
- The proper disposal of waste pharmaceuticals and personal health care products has been the center of debate for many years. In the absence of a uniform waste pharmaceutical collection program, individuals are often instructed to flush unwanted pharmaceuticals down toilets or dispose of them in the trash. The concern is that these practices contribute to the contamination of environmental water sources that are cycled back for human consumption.
- Promote Safe Households
- Proper disposal helps ensure that the elderly, children and pets avoid accidental poisoning.
- Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse
- Proper and timely disposal of prescription drugs reduce the likelihood of abuse by family, friends, or visitors.
- Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem across the United States and unused medication in the household may contribute to growing rates of prescription drug abuse among Americans, particularly teenagers. The medicine cabinet of friends and family provide a steady supply of medications to inquisitive teens. Because these medications are so available and because so many teens and parents erroneously believe that they are safer to misuse than illegal street drugs, teens who wouldn’t normally “use drugs” might abuse prescription drugs.
- Lack of education and awareness is costing America and the price is the health and welfare of our children.
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Union County occupies the extreme south eastern corner of the state of South
Dakota, with Iowa and Nebraska as neighbors. The county seat is Elk Point.
Union County is one of 66 counties in South Dakota. The estimated population
In 2008 was 14,131. This was an increase of 12.3% from the 2000 census. The median
Household income in 2007 for Union County was $56,951. Union County is 467 square miles and is an agriculture area (dairy products); hay, corn, soybeans; honey; and cattle and hogs.