Brooklyn Park Police Collect 200 Lbs. of Unwanted Medicine on Drug Take Back Day
Brooklyn Park police collected nearly 200 pounds of unwanted drugs at National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday. The collection is meant to get the unwanted drugs away from the hands of someone who might abuse them.
According to police, the city has seen several overdose deaths this year. The Minnesota Department of Health also reports an 18 percent increase in nonfatal drug overdoses treated at hospitals in 2020 compared to the year prior.
“People accumulate this stuff over the years and it’s good we’re able to get it out of their houses so it doesn’t get in the wrong hands,” said Sgt. Nick Knoblauch, with Brooklyn Park police.
The unwanted medicine gets sent to the Drug Enforcement Administration in Minneapolis, where the drugs are incinerated.
The main Brooklyn Park Police Station has a drug drop-off bin that’s open seven days a week.
See also: Plymouth Police Host Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 23