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Posted on: October 18, 2021

[ARCHIVED] National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is October 23

Prescription drug bottle and pills

On Saturday, October 23, bring your expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to the Linn County Sheriff's Office as part of a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is collaborating with the DEA in this initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. All prescription drugs dropped off at this event will be destroyed. 

WHEN: Saturday, October 23, 2021
             10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

WHERE: Linn County Sheriff’s Office (West Parking Lot), 310 2nd Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids

This free, anonymous service will help keep your home safe and could even save lives.

About the Prescription Drug Take-Back Program
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.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 23 Take Back Day event, visit the DEA Diversion website.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office has a medication disposal box in the parking lot of the Sheriff's Office at 310 2nd Ave. SW that is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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