Johnson County residents can properly dispose of unwanted or outdated pharmaceuticals and needles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE.

The event is organized nationally by the US Drug Enforcement Agency; the Iowa City Police Department and the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center partner to offer the local event. 

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

Pre-loaded syringes are accepted as long as the needle has been removed by the patient. Epi Pens can be accepted since the needles are sheathed. Inhalers and other compressed air cylinders are not accepted.

In addition to pharmaceuticals, staff from the Iowa City Landfill will be onsite to accept needles for proper disposal. Needles must be secured in rigid plastic or metal containers with firmly attached lids.  Needles can only be accepted from residents; businesses please call 319-887-6160 for disposal options. 

For more information, contactRyan Wood, ICPD Investigator, at and 319-356-5276, or contact Jennifer Jordan, Resource Management Superintendent, at and 319-887-6160.

Date of publication

Tuesday, April 09, 2019