The Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force has applied for and received a grant from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) to acquire a prescription drug drop box that will be used to help combat the local issues regarding the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs.
The Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force, in conjunction with the Marshalltown Police Department, has installed the prescription drug drop box in the lobby of the Marshalltown Police Department located at 22 N. Center St. in Marshalltown. The drop box resembles a mailbox and is available for use by any resident. It is a safe way for residents to dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs safely. The Marshalltown Police Department was chosen to house the box because of its centralized location within the county.
Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera said the box is also available for use by Tama County residents who wish to dispose of unused or outdated drugs safely. The Tama County Sheriff's Office is a member of the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force.
Box for disposal of of unwanted prescription drugs located at the Marshalltown Police Department. Tama County residents are welcome to use the according to Sheriff Dennis Kucera.
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The Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force asks that anyone dropping items off to remove all labels with identifying information from the bottles before disposal to help protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information and make sure that the caps are secured tightly. Needles, liquid, biohazard items, and trash are not to be deposited into the drug box.
Prescription drugs may be dropped off 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is an anonymous service and contact with police personnel is not required. The box will be checked daily and the contents will be collected and prepared for disposal that is eco-friendly and in accordance with Federal and State laws.
The NADDI Rx Drug Drop Box program, funded by a grant through Endo Pharmaceuticals,addresses a vital public health and safety issue by preventing the misuse of prescription drugs. Studies show that the majority of theprescription drug abusers obtainthe medicines fromhome medicine cabinets of friends and family.
With drug take back programs only offered once or twice a year it allows for the possibility of unused or unwanted medication to remain in the home for longer periods of time. Every day these drugs remain in the home it makes them a potential target for abuse, with catastrophic outcomes, especially for our youth.
This permanent drug drop off box will be a great asset to the citizens of Marshall County as a tool to help combat and prevent prescription drug abuse. SATUCI is also a supporter of this program and has a long history of working with local law enforcement agencies in offering intervention services to those suffering from substance abuse issues.
For anyone seeking help or advice regarding substance abuse issues, SATUCI can be contacted at 641-752-5421.
Any questions regarding the prescription drug drop box can be directed to the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force at 641-754-6392.
For more information and resources on drug abuse visit www.drugfree.org/