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April 27, 2018

Dispose of medications at National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28, and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and other state officials urge Iowans to safely dispose of unneeded medicines.  

Google is working with the state of Iowa, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and others to help Americans find places to dispose of medications on Saturday as well as throughout the year.

National Prescription Drug Take Back events will operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in about 100 communities across Iowa. To find a location, go to Google’s Rx takeback site.

DEA Drug Take Back Day is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Sites will accept tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage forms of unwanted medication, according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and Iowa Board of Pharmacy. Personal information should be blacked out on prescription bottles, or medications may be emptied from the bottles into the bins provided at the events.

For more information and a list of permanent disposal sites, go to the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy's site at

Turning in prescription drugs protects against environmental contamination caused by flushing drugs down the toilet. It also helps prevent the dangerous misuse of controlled prescription drugs, such as opioid pain relievers.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports about 80 percent of individuals treated for heroin addiction were first introduced to opioids through a prescription pain medication usually obtained from a friend, family member or other acquaintances.  

Miller’s office is playing a major role in a bipartisan, 40-state investigation into the manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioid drugs.  

Nearly 300 million new doses of controlled prescription drugs — those with greater potential for abuse — were dispensed to Iowans in 2017, according to the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy.


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