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Area police collect unused, expired prescription drugs

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Unused or expired prescriptions were being accepted in Cedar Falls Saturday as part of a nationwide drug take-back event.

People could drop off unwanted, unused, or expired prescription drugs at city hall and CVS.

Police say unused medicines lead to misuse and abuse and there are a high number of poisonings and overdoses from them.

They also say flushing them or throwing them in the trash lead to potential safety or health hazards.

"We get a lot of people who have a spouse or parent pass away and they just don't know what to do with their prescription meds they don't want to leave them sitting in the cabinet where a child could get ahold of them they don't want to flush them down the toilet where it could contaminate the water or throw them in the garbage where animals could get to them, said Lt. Kelli Yates of the Cedar Falls Police Dept.

Last year, Cedar Falls police took in 200 pounds of drugs during the event.

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