On April 26, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Nursing Department at Iowa Wesleyan College will give the people of Henry County an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by removing potentially dangerous unused, expired, and unwanted prescription drugs from their homes.
Last October, people all across the United States turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,000 sites nationwide. With those results, over the past seven years there have been 1,700 tons—3.4 million pounds— of prescription drugs collected so far!
This initiative, established by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that decompose in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion (or use for leisure activity), misuse, and abuse. With the rates of prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings, and overdoes due to these drugs in the U.S. becoming alarmingly high, it is even more important to rid homes of these unused drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including those in the home medicine cabinet. Also, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines which included flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards for the community.
Please help by bringing your unwanted or expired prescriptions and over the counter medications for disposal to one of five sites in Henry County. You can bring them to the Mount Pleasant Police Station, New London Police Station, and City Halls of Salem, Winfield, or Wayland on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Mt. Pleasant Police Station also serve as permanent drug drop off sites for Henry County. Residents may drop off their medications any time at either location.
Please note that the sites cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, only pills or patches. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.