National prescription drug take back day this weekend

Saturday, Sheriff's departments will be taking back unwanted pills

By Gretta Patrick |

Published 10/21 2016 07:11AM

Updated 10/21 2016 07:34AM

Keeping prescription drugs out of the wrong hands: That's the goal of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (D.E.A.) biannual prescription drug take back day.
Last year, the D.E.A. collected almost 893,498 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs.
The Rock Island County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies are teaming up with the D.E.A. to hold local prescription drug take back locations.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., you can bring your unused or unwanted prescriptions to the parking lot between the Rock Island Coutny Justice Center and the court house. 
Scott County is also having a drug take back day tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Waste Comission Of Scott County: 5640 Carey Avenue, Davenport. 
Rock Island County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Steve VenHuizen says this program is a good way to be part of the solution to America's prescription opioid problem. 
"There's a lot of unnecessary deaths and certainly the Quad Cities is not immune to that problem that we're seeing nation wide with the heroin epidemic now that's going on, and really most heroin users they'll tell you that their addiction started out with prescription medication," VenHuizen said.   
You can bring any type of pills or patches. Prescription or over-the-counter medicines are fine. You don't have to take the labels off, but you can if that makes you more comfortable. However, the D.E.A cannot accept liquids or needles.
VenHuizen says after all the drugs are collected, the D.E.A. will incinerate them. VenHuizen says that's much better than tossing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet. 
"There's always that environmental that people have with anything that's being put into the water system around here. And putting it in the trash, there's always that problem of people dumpster diving looking for that kind of prescription medication," VenHuizen said. 
Sterling Police Department will also be holding a drug take back at 212 3rd Ave. in Sterling. 

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