On Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10am to 2pm, officers with the Coralville Police Department will be on-hand at Coralville Hy-Vee at 1914 8th Street and the Coralville Walgreens locations at 102 2nd Street and 2751 Heartland Drive to collect expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs that are potentially dangerous if left in the family’s medicine cabinet.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines left to linger in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies have shown that, for many, prescription drugs are the first drugs they abuse, and all too often are not the last. Additionally, drugs that are not disposed of properly can also cause environmental, safety, and health hazards to the community.
The service is free and anonymous. Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms will be collected. Liquid medications in their original containers will be accepted as well. Syringes and other sharps materials will only be accepted at the Walgreens drop-off locations.
For more information or to find additional collection sites near you, go to www.dea.gov or contact Officer Hanna Dvorak at (319) 248-1800.