IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) — Governor Kim Reynolds announced this week was the start of Opioid Awareness Week.
It’s a way to highlight initiatives in the community to stop drug abuse and ways to move forward as a state.
Iowa City Police Department is doing their part to tackle drug abuse by taking part in Drug Take-Back Day this weekend.
And they’re partnering with the DEA to give people a chance to dispose of their unused, expired, or unwanted drugs sitting around the house.
It also keeps drugs from getting into the wrong hands such as children or pets.
The Iowa City Police Department says a lot of drugs or opioid abuse happens at home and often inside medicine cabinets.
By having Drug Take-Back Day, it usually gives people another chance to prevent pill abuse.
“This opportunity is basically a chance for people to get the drugs out of their house in a safe manner because obviously if the drugs are sitting in people’s household for a while they may forget about them. The opportunity may be there for a visitor or a family member to consume the drugs,” Sgt. Scott Gaarde with the Iowa City Police Department said.
If you can’t make it out to their Drug Take-Back Day, there is another option.
The police department has a 24-hour Kiosk or takes back collection box located in their lobby where anyone can drop-off expired or unused medication.
The Iowa City Police Department will be holding their Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, October 28.
It’ll be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Boulevard SE, Iowa City.