TO THE EDITOR: 

With prescription drug abuse a significant problem in Osceola County, it’s important to dispose of medications properly to keep them from falling into the wrong hands.

Federal guidelines demand that controlled substances only be returned to law enforcement authorities. Our Sheriff’s Office, along with the Reed City Police and Evart Police have medication disposal boxes available to the community whenever the lobby is open.

This past DEA National Take Back Day our county safely disposed of 236 lbs. of unwanted medications. This is 236 lbs. of drugs that did not end up in our lakes or streams and not in the hands of those who would abuse them.

I strongly encourage everyone not flush any medications down the drain or toilet as they could contaminate the ground water supply.

Michiganders are never more than 10 miles away from fresh water and recreational water sports are vital for our state economy.

Prescription drugs are also often used as a gateway drugs and can be very dangerous if taken improperly.  If misused they can be just as dangerous as street drugs. Please make sure you dispose of yours properly.

Justin Halladay, Undersheriff

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office