|The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office currently has eleven full-time licensed Deputy Sheriff’s and one part-time licensed Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Patrol Division. The patrol deputies provide law enforcement and other sheriff’s services to the citizens of Lyon County. The patrol deputies are responsible for the service of all civil process, court security, prisoner, juvenile transports, act as the county coroner medical examiners, and provide support services for other LE, Fire and EMS Services as needed. The patrol deputies conduct these services while answering and responding to calls for service and emergency situations throughout Lyon County. All patrol deputies can be reached at (507) 537-7666 or at their corresponding e-mail address. |
Take It To The Box Safe Prescription Medication Disposal
What is it?
The Lyon County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Marshall Police Department and the Marshall Area Crime Fund are serious about preventing medication misuse/abuse and providing environmentally safe disposal of unwanted medications.
- The Take It To The Box program promotes the safe disposal of unneeded and/or expired prescription and over the counter medications. This includes both human and animal medications along with illegal drugs. (Sharps/Needles or infectious waste cannot be accepted)
- A growing concern in our communities is the abuse, by youth and others, of medications not prescribed to them. Safe disposal makes medications less available. Proper disposal of medication helps protect our soil and water. Unsafe disposal of medications can contribute to environmental damage.
- This program remains ongoing, in which a permanent prescription drop box has been securely installed in the lobby of the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center for 24/7 drop off availability.
- There is no charge to individuals dropping off medications.
How do I use this program?
Keep the medication in its original container.
Leave the name of the drug and other content information clearly visible. Remove the individuals name and other identifying information by scratching the person's name out or by covering the name with a permanent marker. You may also cut off the part of the label with the individual's name.
Take the unneeded prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to the: Prescription/OTC Drop Box in the main lobby of the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center located at 611 West Main Street Marshall, MN 56258.
Drop the unneeded and/or expired medications into the drop box. No questions asked.
- DO NOT flush medications down the toilet.
- Ask an officer if you need assistance by calling (507) 537-7000.
I know someone who has a large amount of unneeded medication but is unable to bring it in for disposal. Can I drop off someone else’s medication?
|Yes. If needed, friends or family members may bring medication to The Box for someone else. Please call if you have a question about this.|
|What happens to the medications dropped into The Box?|
|The Box will be emptied as needed. Contents are stored in secured locations. Periodically, law enforcement and a chemist from a qualified disposal company will sort the medication. Medicines will then be taken to a licensed site to be incinerated.|
|How do I obtain additional Information?|
- Call (507) 537-7000 and ask to speak with;
- Marshall Police Sergeant Paula Curry, or
- Lyon County Sheriff's Office Investigator Steven Louwagie.
Additional Web Resources:
|Guidelines for Medication Use, Storage and Disposal Safe Use|
- Read and follow directions on all medications.
- Take the recommended dose...not more...not less.
- Take the medicine the number of times and the frequency recommended.
- Do not share your prescription medicines with another person.
- Do not take someone else's prescription medicine.
- Know the names of your medications and their purpose.
- Pharmacists and doctors can answer your questions about over the counter medicines...just ask!
- Keep medicines in a place away from children, teens and guests. Lock up medicines if necessary, especially narcotics or mood altering medicines.
- Keep medicines in their original bottle or package.
- Keep medicines in a cool, dry place away from light.
- Follow storage directions on the medicine.
Lyon County Sheriff's Office News / Recent Events
On May 13th, 2011 the Lyon County Sheriff Office put on a distracted driving course for the Lakeview High School Seniors in Cottonwood, MN. The seniors were given the opportunity to drive a golf cart through an obstacle course that challenged their visual, manual, and cognitive skills, by showing the negative effects of texting while driving, or being under the influence of alcohol, represented by them wearing fatal vision goggles. 59 of the 68 students that drove to school on this date and wore their seatbelt were also provided with a free music download from AAA.
On May 4th 2011 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office in collaboration with the Tracy Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Tracy Fire Department, Tracy Ambulance Service, North Memorial Air Care, and Sanford Tracy Hospital all participated in staging a mock crash scene that was put on for the Tracy High School students. A mock crash is a significant part of showing the reality of not only not wearing one’s seat belt, but also the devastating effects of drinking and driving. The mock crash was held in preparation for prom and graduation, to remind students of the consequences of drinking and driving.
Lyon County Sheriff's Office Safe & Sober Campaign
Deputy Adam Connor Accepting 2nd Place 2010 Safe & Sober Challenge Grant Award
Alcohol Compliance Checks:
|In May of 2012 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office conducted random Alcohol Compliance Checks on establishments that serve alcohol throughout Lyon County. We are pleased that all of the establishments checked had successfully passed these compliance checks. |
|What is an Alcohol Compliance Check?|
- An alcohol compliance check is a tool used to identify alcohol establishments that sell alcohol to underage youth. The practice of conducting compliance checks can be:
- Mandated by a local ordinance that outlines standards for conducting the checks people or agencies responsible for conducting the compliance checks, and penalties for establishments, servers and sellers who illegally sell or serve alcohol to underage youth.
- Voluntarily implemented by Law Enforcement or licensing authorities.
- Compliance checks can be used for two purposes:
- To enforce state criminal statutes, local administrative ordinances, or both.
- To identify, warn, and educate alcohol establishments that serve or sell alcohol to underage youth.
- Generally, compliance checks are implemented by the following procedures:
- Alcohol licensees are informed that compliance checks will occur at various times throughout the year and about potential penalties for selling alcohol to underage youth.
- While an enforcement agent (police officer or other authorized person) waits outside the premises, a person under age 21 attempts to purchase or order an alcoholic beverage.
- If the alcohol establishment sells alcohol to the young person, the enforcement agent issues a citation either to the seller/server or to the establishment:
the law enforcement officer may charge the server or seller who sold the alcohol (when compliance checks are used to enforce state laws governing servers and sellers).
- The officer may issue an administrative citation, which is imposed upon the alcohol license holder rather than the individual server or seller (when compliance checks are used to enforce local administrative ordinances). Because administrative charges are easier, faster, and less expensive to prosecute, they can be the best option-and in some communities the only option-for penalizing alcohol establishments.
Pay Citations Online or By Phone:
Tickets issued by the State Patrol, the Department of Natural Resources, or local law enforcement anywhere in Minnesota can now be paid via an automated phone system or online using a credit card. The service is only available for citations that do not require a mandatory court appearance. Payments can be made by phone at (651) 281-3219 in the Twin Cities metropolitan area or toll-free at 1-800-657-3611, online, at the courthouse in the county where the ticket was issued, or by mail.
The service is part of a Judicial Branch effort to use technology and work process changes to reduce manual data entry and streamline fine payment. The new system is estimated to eventually save the Judicial Branch up to $2.7 million annually and free up as many as 50 court employees statewide for other work.
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