North Iowa law enforcement participating in Prescription Drug Takeback Day

27 October, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Nina Hammond
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Residents are encouraged to turn in their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day takes place twice a year. For more information, go to the DEA diversion website or contact Deputy Rick Johnson at 307-687-6116.

Kids are invited to set up a free table on the sidewalk in front of the market. Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites; liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted. "Of the people who abuse prescriptions, 70 percent obtain them from friends and family- many times without the other person knowing it".

Mount Pleasant: Mount Pleasant Police will accept unwanted or expired prescription medicine at the Wando Crossing Walmart or the Tidewater Pharmacy at 421 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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The Socorro County Prevention Coalition wants to do something about that.

Items that are not allowed include illegal drugs, needles/sharps, inhalers, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions and sunscreens), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, and gas) and mercury thermometers.

Main St.; Bethel Police Department, 120 N. Main St., Suite 2; Clermont County Sheriff's Office, 4470 SR 222, Batavia; Goshen Police Department, 6757 Goshen Road; Loveland Police Department, 126 S. Lebanon Road; Miami Township Police Department, 5900 McPicken Drive, and Milford Police Department, 745 Center St., Suite 302. "It is also a medication and narcotic disposal program", explained Swanson. "That's why it was great to read that thousands of folks from across the country cleaned out their medicine cabinets and turned in safely and anonymously a record amount of prescription drugs". Plastic pill containers will not be collected.

The practice used to be to flush such medications down the toilet or sink.

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