Weekend event allows safe collection of old prescription drugs

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The 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is happening this weekend. 

More than 5,400 collection sites will be available for people to safely deposit unused prescription drugs, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

“We know that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet,” said DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. “If we reduce the availability of those unused or expired medications through proper disposal, the fewer drugs there are to be misused, and fewer people will be at risk for abuse, addiction, overdose, and even death.”

They said that prescription drug abuse is alarmingly high. Also high is the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to those drugs.

The DEA launched the drug take back program to encourage the safe deposit of prescription drugs after advisement that flushing their prescription drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.

In April, the bi-annual programs collected 912,305 pounds of prescription drugs. Since its inception in 2010, more than 9.9 million pounds of prescription drugs have been turned into collection sites. 

In Sioux City, there are seven locations for the event. They can be found below:

  • Hy-Vee at 4500 Sergeant Rd

  • Drilling Pharmacy at 4010 Morningside Ave

  • Walgreens at 101 Pierce St

  • Target at 5775 Sunnybrook Dr

  • Walmart at 3101 Floyd Blvd

  • Hy-Vee at 2827 Hamilton Blvd

  • Fareway Grocery Store at 4040 War Eagle Dr

To find a location near you, visit the DEA’s collection site search.

Click here to find year-round prescription drug take back sites in Iowa. 

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