On Saturday October 26, 2013 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 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 is a free, anonymous service that 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 Fire Station 1025 Franklin Street, Center Point
*Linn County Sheriff’s Office (West Parking Lot) 310 2nd Avenue S.W., Cedar Rapids
*Ely Fire Department 1300 Main St, Ely
According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined. That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.
For more information on additional collection sites near you, visit www.dea.gov