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Grundy County Public Health taking back unwanted prescription drugs April 26

April 20, 2014
Reinbeck Courier


Check your medicine cabinet for prescription and over the counter medicines that are expired, unused, or unwanted. April 26th is Grundy County Take Back Day. Grundy County Public Health and Grundy County Sheriff's department have partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) 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 on the Grundy County Courthouse. 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 September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds-over a thousand tons-of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. 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.



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