TCSO makes prescription home deliveries

Deputy Sheriff Chad Sachse waves goodbye to Madison Williams after making a home delivery of prescription medication for her father March 30. Deputies are working with pharmacies to deliver prescriptions to town and county residents over 60 years of age to help them avoid high-traffic areas like grocery stores during the COVID-19 pandemic. See story on page 3.

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The Teton County Sheriff’s Office is seeing increasing demand for a prescription delivery service that deputies launched last week to assist Teton County’s elderly residents.

Deputies are delivering medications to residents age 60 or older to help them avoid high-traffic areas like grocery stores and pharmacies during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve had over 30 since last Friday,” Sheriff Matt Carr said. “We’re delivering them all over the county.”

Residents order their prescriptions and then the pharmacists prepare the medications for deputies to pick up.

“Right now we’re doing twice daily pickups from the pharmacies,” Carr said. “The pharmacies have been great.”

After deputies pick up the medications, they are organized geographically and delivered as soon as possible.

“Because call volume is down and we’re not as busy, we’ve been able to get those out immediately,” Carr said.

Carr said he’s glad his office can fill an important role during a difficult time.

“It’s a team approach and our whole office has gotten behind it,” he said. “It’s a good feeling to have a positive impact in these crazy times.”

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and emergency news. She also leads the News&Guide’s investigative efforts. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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