Ely Fire Department Participating in Prescription Drug “Take-Back”

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Prescription Drug “Take-Back” in Ely

Linn County Sheriff’s Office:

“On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office will be collaborating 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 be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at three different locations throughout Linn County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. This free, anonymous service will help keep your home safe and could even save lives.

The three collection sites hosted by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office are:

*Center Point Library                                                 720 Main St., Center Point

*Linn County Sheriff’s Office (West Lot)                  310 2nd Avenue S.W., Cedar Rapids

*Ely Fire Department                                                  1300 Main St., Ely

 

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. 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. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29th Take Back event, go to the DEA Diversion website at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.”