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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday around Iowa

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Health officials are encouraging Iowans to bring their expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs -- including controlled substances -- to collection locations around the state Saturday. Health officials are encouraging Iowans to bring their expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs -- including controlled substances -- to collection locations around the state Saturday.
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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.

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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

Waterloo - Greenwood Drug

Waukon - Waukon Fire Department

Waverly - Waverly Public Library

Wellman - Pharmacy on 8th

West Union - Fayette County Sheriff's Office

West Union - Steege Pharmacy

West Union - Union Drug Store

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