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Grundy County Public Health taking back unwanted prescription drugs

April 26, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

APRIL 28 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Grundy County Memorial Hospital

Check your medicine cabinet for prescription and over the counter medicines that are no longer usable! April 28th is Grundy County Take Back Day. Grundy County Public Health, Grundy County Memorial Hospital and the Grundy County Sheriff's Department has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Iowa Take Away Program to provide the public an opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted medications.

It's Easy! Leave medicines in their original packaging, including pills, tablets and capsules. Needles, lancets, and other sharps used in the home may also be brought in a red sharps container or sealed laundry detergent bottle for disposal. Bring your unused or expired prescription drugs and household sharps for disposal to Grundy County Memorial Hospital 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The service is free and anonymous.

Prescription take back days work to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds-188.5 tons-of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds-nearly 500 tons-of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information contact Chris Bare at Grundy County Public Health 319-824-6312.



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