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DEA and Partners Hold National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 27, 2019

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – On Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Des Moines Resident Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other participating law enforcement agencies will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps – only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

This Saturday, approximately 6,000 collection sites manned by nearly 5,000 partner law enforcement agencies will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The public can find a nearby collection site at or by calling 800-882-9539.

Last October Americans turned in 457 tons (914,236 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,800 of its state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners. Overall, in previous Take Back Day events, DEA has collected a total of nearly 11 million pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The majority of prescription drug abusers say they get their abused prescription drugs free from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated April 25, 2019

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