The Cedar Rapids Police Department, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host a prescription drug drop-off event at the Police Station, 505 1st Street SW, on Saturday, September 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the front lobby. Citizens may bring in their unused prescription medications, which will be collected and properly disposed of.
The Police Department also has a drug disposal box located in the vestibule of the Police Station. The drug disposal box allows the public a convenient means of disposing unused medications throughout the year. Using the drug disposal box at the Police Station helps protect the quality of our water and can prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse. Traditional methods for disposing of unused medications such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pose threats to our groundwater. Additionally, leftover medications are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
The most recent prescription drug drop-off event held at the Police Station on April 26th resulted in 52.4 pounds of drugs being turned in.
For additional drop-off site locations visit www.dea.gov or call 1-800-882-9539. Liquids and needles or sharps cannot be collected at this event. All medications in pill or patch form are accepted free and anonymously with no questions asked.