WPBN/WGTU — Two northern Michigan Sheriff's Offices were honored Friday for their work in substance abuse prevention.
Grand Traverse County Sheriff Tom Bensley and Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider both accepted the special awards on behalf of their offices.
The awards recognized the sheriffs and their team's efforts in being involved with drug take back programs during the past several years.
The Michigan Pharmacists Association along with Senator Wayne Schmidt's office and State Representative Lary Inman presented the awards.
"Whether it's prescription or illegal drugs, both of these sheriffs have done tremendous job of making sure northern Michigan is a safer place to live." said Senator Wayne Schmidt (R) 37th District.
Senator Wayne Schmidt says his office and the Michigan Pharmacists Association wanted to present the awards Friday since substance abuse prevention month starts in October.
"Several of our officers have worked very hard to make this program a success and we're trying to make it as easy as possible for people to get rid of prescription drugs. So, the easier it is and the more people will participate taking them out of their homes for people who shouldn't have access to them," stated Grand Traverse County Sheriff Tom Bensley.
"I'm very proud of our team. It's all about taking care of our citizens and getting drugs off the streets. When someone passes away and families don't know what to do, we don't want them exposed so we'll get rid of them properly," said Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schnieder.