Chisago County to Receive Award for Medication Disposal Program

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 at 6:50 am

The Chisago County Department of Environmental Services and Zoning will receive a 2009-2010 Local Government Innovation Award by the Humphrey Institute’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center for their unwanted medication disposal program.

“We recognize the extra work local governments are doing to balance difficult budgets during this tough economic time. Therefore, the winners deserve the public’s gratitude for real innovation to preserve local services while reducing costs,” says Jay Kiedrowski, senior fellow at the Humphrey Institute.

The Chisago County Department of Environmental Services/Zoning formed a partnership with the Sheriff’s Department and the North Branch Police Department after Chisago County recognized the need for a safe and secure method for citizens to dispose of
unwanted prescription, over‐the‐counter, and veterinary drugs. The partnership was formed to provide drop boxes for drug disposal. These medications are then safely and securely transported to an incinerator, where they are rendered harmless, meeting all federal standards for disposal.

“We started the unwanted medication disposal program to protect the groundwater in Chisago County, but now realize that it addresses many other concerns, especially restricting the availability of over the counter and prescription drugs to our youth,”
says John Moosey, Chisago County Administrator. “The volume of unwanted medications that we have taken in to date is truly amazing, and shows that our residents have embraced this program, and want to do the right thing.”

The ceremony will take place at the Humphrey Center on the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis Campus at a 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7th.

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