Officials Say Donated Prescription Drugs Help Others

State health officials are making an effort this week to encourage people to donate, or safely dispose of, unused medications. Kim Deti of the Wyoming Department of Health said the Medication Donation Program helps people in several ways.

She said the program's been in place for several years, so they've been able to help many people across the state. For anyone who wants to benefit from the program, she said they do need to qualify, first, so can either call the department or go online. We've provided the information for both contacts at the end of this story. She said they've picked this particular time to remind people of the program because of other drug take back efforts offered in April, throughout the state.

The DEA, she referred to is the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. And in Sheridan, the drug take-back bin is available throughout the year, inside the local police station on West 12th Street.

For the state program, Deti said nearly all prescription medication will be accepted, along with medical items like diabetes testing supplies or wound-care materials. Also, she said free shipping is available through a network of donation sites.

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