Waukee Police Department Installs Permanent Drug “Take-Back” Drop Box
The Waukee Police Department is proud to announce the permanent installation of a drug “take-back” drop box in their lobby at 1300 SE L.A. Grant Parkway. In coordination with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day,” Waukee Police plan to make the box available to the public for the very first time on April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. After the initial kick-off, the drop box will be available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Responding to an increased demand for readily available drug disposal sites, the Waukee police department’s installation of a drug “take-back” drop box offers a disposal site for the collection of unwanted, unused or expired medications. Syringes, inhalers, and flammable materials cannot be disposed of in the drop box.
“We found that National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was so popular that there is a need for a permanent drop box at our headquarters,” said School Resource Officer Mackenzie Sposeto. “We hope that locals will take advantage of the easy-to-use drop box that is located in our lobby.
This permanent installation at the Waukee Police Department and the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day address an important public health and public safety issue that is becoming more prevalent. According to the DEA, prescription drugs that languish in home medicine cabinets are “highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.” Without other options for disposing of prescription drugs, many people flush old meds down the toilet or throw them in the trash, potentially infecting the nation’s water supplies.
Sposeto said disposing of old prescription drugs helps to ensure the safety of children. “If we can help families remove old prescriptions from their homes that children or teens might find, ingest or potentially abuse, the drop box will accomplish its goal,” she said. “It’s a public service that we are proud to offer.”
Surrounding Area Information
West Des Moines Police Department
West Des Moines Police Department unveiled their MedReturn Drug Disposal Unit on April 8. Citizens looking to dispose of unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can now visit the safe and secure permanent drop-off location at the West Des Moines Police Department. This drop–off location will be available to the public twenty four hours a day. Full news release available here.
West Des Moines Law Enforcement Center
250 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Urbandale Police Department
The Urbandale Police Department does not have a permanent prescription drug drop off box, but they will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Citizens looking to dispose of unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can visit the Urbandale Police Department on April 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Urbandale Police Department
3740 NW 86th St, Urbandale, IA 50322
Clive Police Department
The Clive Police Department does not have a permanent prescription drug drop off box at this time and will not be available for drop offs on April 26. Citizens should attend one of the surrounding area drop off locations.