National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

posted 10/25/2017

Prescription drug abuse is at epidemic levels in Iowa and across the nation due to the misuse of prescription painkillers (opioids), anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medicines, stimulants, and others medicines.  According to a recent survey, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that most abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, medications are a major source of poisonings in young children. More than half the calls received by poison centers involve children under the age of six. Expired and unused prescription drugs on your shelf are dangerous to you, your family and others.

Dispose of Prescription Medications in a Safe, Smart Way

  1. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – Communities team up with local law enforcement to provide take-back locations on Saturday, October 28, 2017, where residents can drop-off unneeded prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  >> Find a location close to you.
  2. Year-round Prescription Drop-Off Locations – If you cannot make it on October 28, these locations accept year-round prescription drug drop-off.
  3. Last Option: Wrap & Trash – If these options aren't convenient, we simply ask you mix the mediations with other trash such as kitty litter, coffee grounds or food waste, then double bag the material and place it in the trash. Visit our recycling guide to learn how to recycle the empty prescription bottles.

DON’T FLUSH! It Contaminates Water Supply

Flushing medications down the toilet is not a safe or smart option. Across Iowa and the nation, prescription drugs are detected in rivers, waterways and groundwater, affecting fish and wildlife.

For more information on safe and smart disposal and recycling options, visit us at or call 244.0021.