Drug Take Back Initiative

In a collaborative effort, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Buchanan County Health Center and Pathways Behavioral Services will be hosting a drop-off site for the DEA's 2016 Spring National Drug Take-Back Day. This event is conducted in an effort to allow patients and their families dispose of unwanted or expired medications.  The National Take-Back program is anonymous, and every effort will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications.  The drop-off location will be at Buchanan County Health Center's north parking lot off of the 1600 block of 3rd Street NE, Independence, from 10am - 2pm.  Sharps and needles will be accepted as long as they are in a rigid puncture resistant container and labeled sharps or biohazard. Some examples are detergent jugs or fabric softener jugs, or biohazard sharps containers.  Illicit substances such as marijuana are not part of this initiative. Injectable, IV solutions, inhalers and other compressed air cylinders will not be accepted.  For more information, contact:

Deputy Cory Hartmann
Public Information Officer
Buchanan County Sheriff's Office
(319) 334-2568

Nora Kurtovic
Pathways Behavioral Services
Community Prevention Coordinator
(319) 235-6571 ext. 446

Dolly Rasmussen, RN
Buchanan County Health Center
(319) 332-0999

In September 2015, the Drug Disposal/Drop Off Event collected 350 tons of drugs state-wide. 45 pounds were collected in Buchanan County alone in a four hour period. 

It is estimated that 15.3 million people aged 12 or older used prescription drugs non-medically in the past year (2013 National Survey on Drugs and Health).

In 2015, Iowans filled 5.1 million prescriptions for addictive drugs — mainly painkillers such as Vicodin and sedatives such as Xanax. In all, Iowa’s 3 million residents bought more than 300 million such pills last year (Iowa Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, administered by the Iowa Pharmacy Board).

The most common way people obtain the medications abused are from friends and family so, proper disposal of unused medicines can reduce the risk of misuse and abuse. According to the Iowa Pharmacy Association, improper disposal of used and expired medication can also create potential environmental and health impacts. Proper disposal can help keep substances out of landfills and water systems.