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Drug drop off box installed at Sheriff’s Office

Routt County Sheriff's Office records technician Jennifer Hubbard will be able to answer questions from people about the new drug drop-off box.

— In an effort to get unused drugs and addictive pain medications off the streets, the Routt County Sheriff's Office has set up a permanent drop off site at its office.

Also, Sk8 Church, at Riverside Plaza, will host a Drug Take Back Day on Saturday in an effort to get drugs out of medicine cabinets, so they don’t fall into the wrong hands.

The drop-off box at the sheriff's office went up Monday. Sheriff Garrett Wiggins said the idea of getting the box was prompted by the efforts of the local Rx Task Force.

Wiggins said it made sense to put the drop-off box in the sheriff's office, because the building is continuously monitored by security.

"We were the only public safety building that had the continuous monitoring," Wiggins said.

The box cost about $100 to install, and the drugs collected will be delivered to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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The sheriff’s office accepts prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, medication patches, samples and pet medications.

The sheriff’s office cannot accept syringes, inhalers, chemotherapy medications, liquids and ointments, aerosol cans or thermometers.

The sheriff’s office has instructions for disposing of such items on its website.

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