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Public Safety in Cedar Falls holding drug take back area

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) — Public Safety is holding a site for the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 24th.

"We do want to remind citizens that the prescription drug return receptacle is always available at the front entrance of the Public Safety building, accessible 24 hours a day, year-round. However, the purpose of Take Back Day is to grow awareness and increase its use by the public."

Cedar Falls Lt. Kari Rea

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Safety building (4600 South Main Street) where expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs can be disposed. The containers is placed just inside the front doors of the building.

Accepted items include tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps and illegal drugs will not be allowed.

You can also call Cedar Falls Public Safety at (319) 273-8612 during that time to have an officer visit your home to pick up the prescription drugs as well. If you would like to stay in your car on-site, you can also call Public Safety and an officer will be out to pick up the items.

"During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that opioid overdose deaths have accelerated significantly across the nation," said Cedar Falls Lieutenant Kari Rea.

"Due to that increase, this initiative is more important than ever. The Drug Take Back Day is a responsible and convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs and keep families and the community safe. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse including by children or teens."

Cedar Falls Lt. Kari Rea
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