Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

This Saturday is another National Prescription Drug Take Back day. 

Unused or expired medications can be disposed of without questions in a secure medication drop box at different participating locations.  Locally, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is one of the collection sites. 

Mike Casale, a special agent with the regional Drug Enforcement Agency Office in Omaha, said it’s a good way to get drugs out of circulation.

Casale said turning the drugs in is safer and less hazardous than disposing of them in other ways, like throwing them away or flushing them down the toilet.

During the Fall National Take-Back Day in October of 2021, there were 693 pounds of medication collected for destruction through participating law enforcement locations in South Dakota.


To find your nearest law enforcement agency participating in the DEA National Prescription Take-Back Day, visit:

To find your closest year-round take-back location or to order free DisposeRx packets, visit

DSS is also offering free medication lock boxes to help safely store medications.  They can be ordered at

If you, or someone you love, is struggling with substance use, help is available at or call the South Dakota Treatment Resource Hotline at 1.800.920.4343.



(Thanks in part, WNAX)