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Cedar Falls Police offering drug "Take Back"

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

The Cedar Falls Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are giving the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

On Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring your medications for disposal to the Cedar Falls Police Department at 220 Clay Street. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at more than 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 more than two million pounds of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Cedar Falls residents can also call the Cedar Falls Police Department to have their unwanted drugs picked up. Uniformed police officers will arrive in marked patrol cars at the requested residence to assist the homebound with drug disposal. Please call 273-8612 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on April 27th to take advantage of this service.

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