Lukan Comments on Successful “Prescription Drug Take Backs” Program

Steve LukanMany people have taken advantage of the recent Prescription Drug Take Backs across the nation, dropping off old medications that they no longer need. New Vienna native Steve Lukan, who serves as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, says he’s pleased with the results at the eighty collection sites around the state.


Six-thousand 194-pounds of prescription drugs were dropped off – the second highest total ever in Iowa. The drugs are disposed of by the U-S Drug Enforcement Administration. The program doesn’t just help people clear up space in their counters and on their cabinets, it also helps keep the prescription drugs out of the hands of people who might misuse them.


The national program began in 2010 and is held twice a year. Lukan says if you missed this one and have some unused prescription drugs, there are options to properly dispose of them. Instead of throwing them away or flushing down the toilet, it’s important to take them to a drop-off site. You can likely find a drop-off site by contacting your local law enforcement office or your local pharmicist.


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