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Iowa City Police Department prepares for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

26 October 2017, 12:40 | Nellie George

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"The Prescription Take Back Day is an important event to get unused prescription drugs removed from homes before a chance of abuse can occur".

There will be three locations in the area participating in the event: The Potter County Sheriff's Office, Texas Tech School of Pharmacy and the Randall County Sheriff's Office.

A number of local police agencies are taking part in another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this weekend. However, needles, syringes, thermometers, IV bags, medical devices and personal care products are not accepted.

The DEA said all take backs are free and anonymous with no questions asked.

It'll be from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Boulevard SE, Iowa City.

And they're partnering with the DEA to give people a chance to dispose of their unused, expired, or unwanted drugs sitting around the house. Prescription drugs are often mistaken by adolescents as a "safe" alternative to illegal street drugs, which leads to increasing use.

Since beginning the take back program, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 4,050 tons of prescription medications. More than 11,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected in MI alone a year ago.

Officials also cautioned people about potential health hazards when they flush medicines in the toilet or throw them in the trash.

DEA officials said studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs, such as opioids, are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. This initiative addresses a public safety and public health issue.

America is experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers.

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