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Agencies sponsor drug take-back
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The Barton County Sheriff’s office in conjunction with the Barton County Health Department and the Drug Enforcement Association will host a drug take back-day. Hoisington Police Department will host a similar event at the same time, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Representatives will be at the Hoisington Police Department, 109 East First St., and on the east side of the Barton County Courthouse on Kansas Avenue in Great Bend to accept unused prescription and nonprescription medications.

HPD requests no liquids, needles or sharps, but will accept pills and patches.

Sheriff Brian Bellendir said the drop-off site at the courthouse will accept all medications, including liquids and sharps.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration permits local law enforcement to accept prescription and nonprescription medications for destruction once a year. This is a public service offered by the local agencies to prevent abuse of prescription drugs and allow for proper disposal.

Drugs will be accepted from private citizens as well as institutions such as nursing homes and long-term care facilities that may need to dispose of any controlled substance.

There is no fee for the service.