Area Police Departments Prepare for Saturday's National Prescription Take Back Day

National prescription drug disposal event this Saturday

From 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., locals can dispose of prescription drugs in a safe, convenient and responsible manner by dropping them off at Walgreens. The goal is to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially unsafe expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Iowa City Police Department is doing their part to tackle drug abuse by taking part in Drug Take-Back Day this weekend.

As an effort to help prevent opioid abuse and accidental overdose, the Drug Enforcement Administration is organizing a no-questions-asked prescription drug disposal day, October 28. Liquids, needles and other sharps will not be accepted.

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Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem, and this drug drop off event is a great opportunity for citizens of Council Bluffs or anyone else to help reduce this threat.

America is experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers. In all 13 previous collection events, the DEA and its partners took in more than 4,050 tons of pills. The Knowledge Effect is partnering with Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration in this effort. Putting medications in the trash is not proper disposal, and flushing medications down the toilet can also create poor effects on public health and the environment. The majority of prescription-drug abusers report that they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The Sheridan Police Department, Sheridan County Public Health and Walgreens have partnered to give area residents a way to dispose of old medications.

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