Cedar Rapids Area’s Drug Take Back Day is April 26th

Drug take backRecently I blogged keeping your prescriptions safe during home showings and Open Houses. There is a safe way to dispense of your unused, expired medications so you are removing any temptations –  Drug Take Back Day.

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the agencies listed below and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the addresses listed below. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

PARTICIPANTS NAME COLLECTION SITE ADDRESS CITY STATE, ZIP
MARION POLICE DEPARTMENT HYVEE 3600 HWY 151 MARION IA, 52302
CEDAR RAPIDS POLICE DEPT. CEDAR RAPIDS POLICE DEPARTMENT 505 1ST ST SW CEDAR RAPIDS IA, 52404
IOWA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IOWA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 960 FRANKLYN AVE MARENGO IA,52301
LINN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LINN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 310 2ND AVE SW CEDAR RAPIDS IA, 52404
LINN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ALBURNETT CITY HALL 103 EAST 1ST STREET ALBURNETT IA, 52202
LINN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE FAIRFAX FIRE DEPT. 525 VANDERBILT ST FAIRFAX IA, 52228
NORTH LIBERTY POLICE DEPARTMENT CAREPRO LIBERTY PHARMACY 555 W CHERRY ST NORTH LIBERTY IA, 52317
NORTH LIBERTY POLICE DEPARTMENT PHARMACY MATTERS 1765 LININGER LANE NORTH LIBERTY IA, 52317
MT. VERNON POLICE DEPARTMENT MOUNT VERNON CITY HALL
DRUG DROP BOX
213 1ST STREET W MOUNT VERNON IA, 52314
IOWA CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT EAST SIDE RECYCLING CENTER 2401 SCOTT BLVD SE IOWA CITY IA, 52240
WEST BRANCH POLICE DEPARTMENT WEST BRANCH CITY HALL 110 N. POPLAR ST. WEST BRANCH IA, 52358
MONTICELLO POLICE DEPARTMENT MONTICELLO POLICE DEPARTMENT 201 E. SOUTH STREET MONTICELLO IA, 52310
CEDAR COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CEDAR COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 711 E. SOUTH ST TIPTON IA, 52772

**Above information is from the U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Diversion Control

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