Join the Johnston Police Department on Saturday, Oct. 27 as we work to combat the opioid epidemic during “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.” This day allows Iowans to safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, located at 6373 Merle Hay Road in Johnston.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in an effort to provide safe, convenient and a responsible means for disposal of prescription drugs while educating the public about the potential for addiction.
Items that will NOT be accepted at this event:
- Syringes or injectable needles
- Illegal controlled substances
- Inhalers or other compressed air cylinders
An increasing number of states have reported deaths from prescription drug abuse outpaced deaths associated with motor vehicle accidents. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans’ typical method for disposing of unused medicines is to flush them down the toilet or throw them away in the trash; however, this approach poses many potential environmental hazards that could impact the health and safety of the public.
The Johnston Police Department began participating in this annual event in 2011. Since that time, the Johnston “Take Back” events have been successful in collecting over 1,300 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs.