On Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, the City of Iowa City is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to provide residents an opportunity to dispose of unwanted or outdated pharmaceuticals and needles during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in East Side Recycling Center’s parking lot, located at 2401 Scott Blvd. SE.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines found 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 their availability. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including those 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.

In addition to pharmaceuticals, staff will be onsite to accept household sharps and needles. They must be secured in rigid plastic or metal containers with firmly attached lids and can only be accepted from residents. Businesses should call 319-887-6160 for disposal options. 

For information about other area events that accept unwanted or outdated pharmaceuticals, visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/.

If you cannot make it to the October 27 event, you can drop-off unwanted prescription drugs at the Iowa City Police Station, 410 E. Washington St., anytime 24/7. A red take back container is located in the lobby and accepts over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, samples and patches, as well as vitamins, prescribed ointment and pet medications.  

Sharps and needles from households are accepted year-round by appointment at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center’s household hazardous waste facility.  For more information, visit www.icgov.org/pharmaceuticalwaste

Date of publication

Tuesday, October 16, 2018