DES MOINES, Iowa -- In 2013, 6.5 million Americans abused prescription drugs. That’s more than double the amount of people that use heroin, cocaine, and hallucinogens like LSD combined. This is one of the many reasons the DEA hosts National Drug Take Back Days. But all that will soon change.
Saturday’s National Drug Take Back Day will be the DEA’s last event. The reason, starting October 9 pharmacies will be able to collect those controlled substances. The DEA will not fund this, but officials believe many pharmacies will take advantage of the opportunity to bring in potential new customers.
Des Moines police Sgt. Jason Halifax says this will likely be a more successful way to get rid of those potentially dangerous pills because it will be more convenient and comfortable than stopping by a police station.
“This is an anonymous event. We`re not interested in taking names or knowing who brings what we just have you bring it in and we`ll get rid of it,” Sgt. Halifax added.
If you have no way of dropping your drugs off and need to dispose of them immediately you should mix them into a plastic bag of kitty litter or coffee grounds and throw it out. The last Drug Take Back Day will start Saturday morning.
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