Safely dispose of prescription, over-the-counter medications on Saturday
This Saturday, April 30, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.
The Sheriff’s Office will collect potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted medications for destruction at three different locations throughout Linn County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This is a free service that will help keep your home safe and could even save lives.
The collection sites include:
- Alburnett Fire Department, 120 N Main Ave, Alburnett
- Linn County Sheriff’s Office (West Parking Lot), 310 2nd Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids
- Fairfax Fire Department, 523 Vanderbilt St., Fairfax
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.