The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, responsible, and FREE way to get rid of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications AND keeping them out of local landfills and the environment.
On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. a coalition of local agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 15th opportunity in 8 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 one of the sites listed below. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Sponsored by the Cedar Falls and Waterloo Police Departments, with permission through the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) at the following locations:
· ** Greenwood Drug (2104 Kimball Ave, Waterloo)
· Cedar Falls Police Dept. (220 Clay St, Cedar Falls)
· To find additional drop-off locations in Eastern Iowa (and in all 50 states), visit:
** Greenwood Drug (in Waterloo) is also able to accept unopened, unexpired medications as a donation to help low-income persons. Notify the volunteers at the event that the medications for donation.**
Can't make it to this event? Several other locations in Black Hawk County are all permitted to accept these medications on a daily basis: http://wastetrac.org/medication-sharps/
Do you have diabetic needles, syringes, and other medical sharps? Check with your healthcare provider or contact UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital (Home Medical Equipment Services Department) regarding their medical sharps disposal program:
Did you know?
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines stored in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse, and can lead to accidental poisonings and overdose. 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.