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Drug Take Back Program Sets Record

 
Posted Thursday, May 1st 2014 @ 3pm

A record amount of prescription drugs was turned in by people in Iowa for the latest edition of the federal program.

There were 123 locations around the state where you could take unwanted or unsed prescription drugs last Saturday for proper disposal.

The Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy says 8,840 pounds of unsed medicines were turned in or more than four tons.

Both the number of collection locations and the amount of drugs dropped off set records for a single Take Back event in the state.

O-D-C-P Director Steve Lukan hailed the level of participation. He says the medicine cabinet is a target for a lot of people who abuse drugs and everyone who participates in a Take Back program helps prevent prescription drug abuse.

Since the start of the program in 2012, Iowans have safely disposed of 21.5 tons of unused drugs.

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