(Unwanted) Prescription Take-Back Day Tomorrow

A local event scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) is designed to tackle Iowa’s fastest growing form of substance abuse.


Dale Woolery, with the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, says there will be dozens of sites in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri where people can safely dispose of their old or unwanted prescription medicines.  The Burlington drop-off site is in front of Slumberland Furniture…next to Hy-Vee on Agency…and it’s among thousands across the country as part of National Prescription Take-Back Day. The event is sponsored twice each year by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Woolery says the drugs taken back in Iowa have been on the rise, and during the last Take Back day in April, Iowans dropped off an all-time high amount of prescription drugs.  Woolery says substance abuse treatment facility admissions for prescription pain relievers have increased 700-percent in Iowa over the last decade.

Most of the Take Back sites in Iowa will be open TOMORROW(Sat) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take-Back locations can be found through a search on the website D-E-A dot gov (dea.gov).

Here are some of the other southeast Iowa, west-central Illinois and northeast Missouri drop-off sites for tomorrow:

New London & Mt. Pleasant Police Departments

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office

Salem, Winfield and Wayland City Halls

Trinity Hospital in Muscatine

Cantril Township Hall

Aledo(IL) Police Department

County Market, Canton(MO)