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Take Back Drug Day This Saturday, Oct 28

October 26, 2017
Emmetsburg News

On Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 14th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Palo Alto County Sheriff Office, 2001 11th St., Emmetsburg. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April the Take Back Drug event brought in 900,386 pounds (450 tons) at close to 5,500 sites across the nation. Marking the 13th National Prescription Take Back Day since September 2010, these events have altogether collected 8,103,363 pounds (4,052 tons) of prescription drugs.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA's Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

"Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic," said Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. "That's why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously - a record amount of prescription drugs."

The Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy and Iowa Pharmacy Association had a goal to have at least one permanent Prescription Drop off Box in each Iowa County which was achieved in 2017. The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office has a Prescription Drug Drop off Box inside the lobby available year around.



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