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Drug Take-Back Day in the Corridor

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Just inside the front entrances of local convenience and grocery stores sat local police officers, keeping the Corridor safe in a different way.

"It's a chance for the citizens to bring in any unused or unwanted prescription, any expired prescription drugs, said Coralville Police Department Community Relations Officer Ben Hayden.

That allows the DEA to collect and destroy the drugs in a safe way but the process means using money and resources. The experts say thats better than leaving harmful medications where the wrong people can find them, even if they dont have bad intentions.

"You don't want to worry about a teenager or an elderly person mistakenly taking somebody else's medication or an expired drug, said Hy-Vee Pharmacist Joan OHarrow-Bevans.

Today's collection is intended for legal substances but it's part of a much bigger plan to get all harmful drugs and medications off the streets. You can help out any day by going to these converted mailboxes, like this one at the Linn County Sheriff's Office, and dropping off whatever you don't want anymore, no questions asked.

"We don't look at labels...we don't care what the medicines are, we just want to get them out of medicine cabinets so they don't end up in the wrong hands, said Cedar Rapids Police Department Patrol Sergeant Michelle Omar.

The effort also prevents people from dumping their meds down the drain, harming the environment.

"So this reduces the risk of poisoning, toxic levels in waters, just the contamination, said OHarrow-Bevans.

Which keeps everybody safe.
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