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Take Back Drug Day

October 26, 2018
Emmetsburg News

Do you have unwanted or unused prescription drugs? Make your community safer by disposing of them at the Sheriff Office in Emmetsburg on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10 to 2 p.m. You can keep the pills in their original containers or remove your name and information or place in plastic bags. No sharps or liquids can be collected.

Every year millions of Americans misuse controlled prescription drugs. The majority of those that abuse prescription drugs get them from the home medicine cabinet of family or friends. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been providing drop off boxes free to law enforcement on the last Saturday of October and April since 2010 to rid homes of drugs safely.

At the last Take-Back Day in April 2018, over 5,800 sites across the nation collected unwanted or expired medications totaling almost 1 million pounds. This is the largest amount collected since the program began in 2010.

The DEA incinerates the drugs they collect which according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is the safest way for the environment. Flush them or throwing them in landfills contaminates the waterways and soil.

If you to miss the Take Back Drug event this week, there are two permanent drop off boxes in Emmetsburg where medications can safely be disposed. One is at the Palo Alto Sheriff Office lobby; the other is located at the ShopKo Pharmacy. Again no sharps or liquids can be disposed in the drop off box.



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