The Ankeny Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration want to help make homes safe by destroying all expired or unused prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Ankeny police officers will be at the Ankeny Police Department, 411 SW Ordnance Rd., Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. to take possession of any expired or unused prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.
In partnership with local law enforcement, Take Back Day has removed more than 8,650 tons of medication from circulation since its inception.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
The Ankeny Police Department will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The cap must be tightly sealed to prevent leakage. The DEA will continue accepting vaping devices and cartridges at its drop-off locations if lithium batteries are removed.
Helping people dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs is just one way the DEA and Ankeny Police Department are working together to reduce addiction and stem overdose deaths.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Take Back Day event on October 28, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.