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Nearly 300 Pounds of unused drugs collected in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Residents in Cedar Rapids brought more than 50 pounds of unused prescription drugs, making the total close to 300 pounds.

Saturday, Cedar Rapids Police Department, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, hosted a prescription drug drop-off event called “Ditch Your Doses” at the Police Station.

It's goal is to help protect the quality of water and prevents prescription drug misuse and abuse.

Citizens brought in 57.2 pounds of unused prescription medications and will now be properly disposed of.

Police say by residents using the drug disposal box at the station threats are lessened to our groundwater.

Traditional methods for disposing of unused medications such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pose threats.

Additionally, leftover medications are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

The drug disposal box allows the public a convenient means of disposing unused medications throughout the year.

With Saturday's “Ditch Your Doses” drug-drop off event, the Police Department has collected 297.8 pounds of unused medications over the past six months.

The Police Department has a drug disposal box located in the vestibule of the police station and is available 24/7.
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