National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

Hanken

Local law enforcement and SATUCI is asking the public to get rid of all unused or expired prescription drugs. This Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day and events are being held across the country to help facilitate the safe removal of prescription drugs.

Capt. Mike Hanken with the Marshalltown Police Department noted that “In Marshall County, we are fortunate to be able to accept prescription drugs 24 hours a day, seven days a week thanks to the efforts of the Mid Iowa Drug Task Force in applying for and receiving a grant in 2014 to acquire Drug Drop Off boxes. One of these boxes is located in the lobby of the MPD, and a second Drug Drop Off Box is now located in the lobby of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.”

The drop boxes resemble mailboxes and are available for use by any resident. Hanken said it is a safe way for residents to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs safely.

The Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force is asking that anyone dropping off items should remove all labels with identifying information from the bottles before disposal to help protect one’s identity and the privacy of one’s personal health information and to make sure that the caps are secured tightly. Needles, liquid, biohazard items and trash are not to be deposited into the drug boxes.

This is an anonymous service and contact with law enforcement personnel is not required. The box is checked daily and the contents will be collected and prepared for disposal that is eco-friendly and in accordance with federal and state laws.

Hanken said these permanent drug drop off boxes are a great asset to the citizens of Marshall County as a tool to help combat and prevent prescription drug abuse.

For anyone seeking help or advice regarding substance abuse issues, SATUCI can be contacted at 641-752-5421.

Any questions regarding the prescription drug drop off boxes can be directed to the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force at 641-754-6392.

For more information and resources on drug abuse visit http://www.drugfree.org/