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Cedar Rapids police department holds drug take back

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The Cedar Rapids Police Department took unwanted prescription drugs to help address public safety and public health issues.

The department allowed people living in Cedar Rapids to get rid of potentially dangerous, expired and unused prescription drugs, preventing abuse and theft.

Police say the usual methods for disposing of unused medicines like flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.

"It's just an anonymous drop off. They come in drop off their drugs. They can drop off today, otherwise we have our drop box available in the vestibule of our lobby 24/7, so they can come in and drop off their drugs whenever they want," said Sgt. Michelle Omar, with Cedar Rapids Police. 

She says studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

 

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