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Update: Drug take-back collects 460 pounds of prescriptions in Cedar Falls

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National Drug Take-Back Day was Saturday, October 26th. Numerous eastern Iowa law enforcement agencies participated, including the Cedar Falls Police Department.

Last April, the Cedar Falls Police Department collected more than 216 pounds of unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs.

On Saturday, the police department collected more than 460 pounds of prescription drugs.

"It's something we get calls about all the time. People don't know what to do with unused prescriptions," said Lt. Kelli Head with the Cedar Falls Police Department.

Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from the home medicine cabinet. The goal with the event is to keep the drugs from getting abused or misused.

"We don't want to children to get ahold of them or pets, and we don't want them to get flushed down the toilet or something like that when they're going to be hurtful for the environment," said Lt. Kelli Head.

Drug take-back events are typically offered twice a year.

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