If your spring cleaning list calls for clearing out the medicine cabinet, this event is for you. 

The community is invited to safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted medications during a local collection event on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 28, 2018. Drop off medications, as well as household sharps and needles, anytime between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd SE. This service is free and open to all, no questions asked. 

The Iowa City Police Department and Iowa City Resource Management Division are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to host the event in an effort to prevent pill abuse, misuse and theft. 

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are climbing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Studies show that many abused prescriptions are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. Further, many improperly dispose of medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both cause safety and health hazards. 

How-to safely transport needles and sharps

People planning to dispose of needles and sharps during the local event should bring them sealed in rigid plastic containers with lids, like coffee cans or laundry detergent bottles. Plastic containers made of thinner plastic, like milk jugs, should not be used. Needles and sharps that come in unsafe containers, like cardboard boxes, will not be accepted. 

Additional drug take-back options 

Those who cannot make it to the community event are welcome to drop off unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, samples and patches, as well as vitamins, prescribed ointments and pet medications at the Iowa City Police Station, 410 E. Washington St. A red take-back container located in the lobby is accessible 24/7. 

Household sharps and needles are also accepted year-round by appointment at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility. More info at www.icgov.org/medicine.

Event information and questions

For more information about the local take-back event, contact Iowa City Police Detective Ryan Wood at ryan-wood@iowa-city.org, or Resource Management Superintendent Jennifer Jordan at jennifer-jordan@iowa-city.org

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Date of publication

Tuesday, April 03, 2018