Some central Iowans found a safe way to dump unwanted prescription drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) teamed up with local authorities on Saturday to set up drop-off locations for residents to bring their unused medicines to.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse says in 2009 about 16-million Americans over the age of 12 used prescription pain medications for non-medical purposes. And teens are the most likely to abuse prescription drugs.
Officers say this is one time when people can drop off any medications no questions asked.
"As long as the stuffs sitting around it's tempting. And we're just trying to get rid of them so other people aren't using them for the wrong reasons." Said Sgt. Anthony Armstrong.
Last year Iowa authorities collected more than five thousand pounds of prescription drugs during the take-back event.