Health officials are encouraging Iowans to bring their expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs -- including controlled substances -- to collection locations around the state Saturday.
It's all part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when officials provide a way for people to safely dispose of their old prescriptions.
This year, collection will take place Saturday at various locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locations can be found below this story.
"One good way to prevent the dangerous misuse of medicines and protect our environment is to safely remove prescription drugs that may have accumulated in our homes," said Steve Lukan, Director of the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy, in a written release. "Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a great ‘spring cleaning' opportunity to clean out our medicine cabinets and safeguard against potential hazards."
Officials say that national surveys show one in four teenagers nationwide has misused or abused a prescription medicine at least once in their lifetime, and over half say it's easy to get prescription drugs from their home's medicine cabinet.
In October 2012, Americans turned in 488,395 pounds, or 244 tons, of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA. In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in more than 2 million pounds, or 1,018 tons, of pills.
The Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy also said 62 drug overdose deaths involving prescription pain relievers happened in 2012, an all-time high.
"Nationally, more than 2,000 teens begin abusing prescription drugs each day," said Lukan. "In addition to disposing of unused medicines, Take-Back Day is also a good time for parents to secure and take inventory of household medicines, and talk with children about the risks of misusing prescription drugs."
Take-Back will occur in dozens of Iowa communities this year.
Take-Back locations include:
Calmar - Calmar Police Department
Cedar Falls - Cedar Falls Police Department
Cedar Rapids - Hy-Vee (Edgewood)
Cedar Rapids - Hy-Vee (Johnson Ave.)
Cedar Rapids - Linn County Sheriff's Office
Center Point - City Hall
Charles City - Charles City Police Department
Chester - City Hall
Coralville - Hy-Vee (Eighth Street)
Coralville - Walgreens (Heartland Drive)
Coralville - Walgreens (Second Street)
Cresco - Cresco Police Department
Decorah - Medicap Pharmacy
Decorah - Walmart
Dubuque - Sam's Club parking lot
Elkader - City Hall
Elma - Elma Fire Department
Fredericksburg - Community Center
Grinnell - Grinnell Police Department
Grundy Center - Kling Memorial Library
Guttenberg - Municipality Building
Harper's Ferry - Harper's Ferry Library
Iowa City - East Side Recycling Center
Lime Springs - City Center
Lisbon - City Hall
Marengo - Iowa County Sheriff's Office
Marion - Hy-Vee
Marshalltown - Marshalltown County Courthouse
Marquette - Marquette Police Department
Monona - Monona Police Department
Nashua - Nashua Fire Department
Nevada - Nevada Police Department
New Hampton - Community Center
North Liberty - Carepro Liberty Pharmacy
North Liberty - Pharmacy Matters
Oskaloosa - Mahaska Drug parking lot
Postville - City Hall
Protivin - Protivin Fire Department
Riceville - Riceville Fire Department
Springville - Springville Fire Department
St. Olaf - Clayton County Sheriff's Department
Strawberry Point - Strawberry Point Police Department
Urbana - Urbana Police Department
Van Horne - Cornerstone Apothecary
Vinton - Clingman Pharmacy
Vinton - La Grange Pharmacy
Washington - United Presbyterian Church parking lot
Monday, September 1 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:01:07 GMT
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