DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 29

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications. Patients and caregivers can dispose of unneeded, unwanted, or expired medications (including painkillers and other controlled substance medications) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29. This service is free and anonymous. Consumers have disposed of millions of pounds of unwanted medication during previous DEA Take-Back Days. More information about this program is available from the DEA’s National Take-Back Initiative website.

Participating sites will accept tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms of unwanted medication. You may black out personal information on prescription bottles, or empty the medications from their bottles into bins provided at the locations. As of April 13, the closest collection sites to Iowa City are the Johnson County Sherriff’s Office (just added), Coralville Police Department, and North Liberty Police Department. You can check the DEA Collection Site Locator to find locations across the country, and to see if more locations will be available in our area. New locations will be added until April 29.

The UI Health Care Department of Pharmaceutical Care cannot currently receive back controlled substances, but plans are in the works to make this possible later this summer. We will share an announcement about this service enhancement to patients as soon as it is available.

Questions about the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day may be directed to Kevin Bebout, pharmacy practice specialist, at 356-2577.

Take Back Day: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29

Participants name Collection site Address City State,
If you do not find a collection site near you, please check back frequently, sites are added every day.
Johnson County Sherriff’s Office Johnson County Sherriff’s Office 511 S Capitol St. Iowa City IA, 52244 Map
Coralville Police Department Coralville Police Department 1503 5th St. Coralville IA, 52241 Map
North Liberty Iowa Police Dept. North Liberty Iowa Police Dept. 5 E. Cherry St. North Liberty IA, 52317 Map