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Police Department Partners with State Drug Control Office To Expand Medication Drop Off Locations

POSTED: December 15, 2016

Phil Redington, Chief of Police, announced today the placement of a permanent Medication Dropbox located in the lobby of the Police Department, 1609 State Street.  Chief Redington said the drop box is made possible through a small grant from the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy to address the increasing problem of prescription drug abuse.  The drop box is accessible to the public 24 hours a day. Citizens wishing to utilize the medication drop box are asked to remove all personal information from vials, place medications in sealed non-breakable containers and/or sealed plastic bags. Do not include liquids or any “sharps” (syringes or lancets) that may cause injury to the staff servicing the drop box.

Steve Lukan, Director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy said “his office is pleased to partner with the Bettendorf Police Department in providing citizens a secure and environmentally responsible option to dispose of unused prescription drugs, thus preventing their potential diversion and abuse.  Lukan added “Most prescription drugs that are abused come from friends or family, so cleaning out medicine cabinets can save lives.”

Prescription drug abuse is Iowa’s fastest-growing form of substance abuse, and addiction to powerful pain relievers is also fueling more heroin use. Prescription pain pills and heroin are both opioid drugs. The combination is contributing to an increase in opioid-related overdose deaths in Iowa and the U.S.

According to Chief Redington, “many people become addicted to prescription drugs because they started using a family member’s leftover prescriptions. Once addicted some of these individuals may then eventually move to heroin to fulfill that addiction.”

Additional information on prescription drug abuse/opioid abuse and properly disposing of unused medication can be found at:

https://odcp.iowa.gov/rxotc 

https://odcp.iowa.gov/rxtakebacks

https://odcp.iowa.gov/rxbrochure

For further information please contact:

Phil Redington, Bettendorf Police Department 563-344-4020

Steven Lukan, Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy 515-725-0305 steven.lukan@iowa.gov