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Cedar Falls Police taking back unwanted prescription drugs

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - The Cedar Falls Police Department will be taking the public's unwanted prescription drugs to help address public safety and public health issues.

The department has teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to give the public a chance to get rid of potentially dangerous, expired and unused prescription drugs -- preventing abuse and theft.

Across the United States, rates are alarming when it comes to prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses due to the 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.

Medicines that remain in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, according to Cedar Falls Police.

The goal of the initiative is to address a vital public safety and public health issue.

You can drop off your medications on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to the Cedar Falls Police Department at 220 Clay St., or the CVS Pharmacy at 2302 West 1st St., in Cedar Falls. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

If you're unable to deliver their unused/unwanted/expired prescription drugs for any reason, Cedar Falls Police will pick them up. Just call 319-273-8612.
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