Iowa Department of Public Safety
Eugene T. Meyer, Commissioner
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Telephone Number: (515) 725-6182
Facsimile Number: (515) 725-6195

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Kevin Frampton, Director

For immediate release: Courtney Greene, Bureau Chief
Friday, September 24, 2010 Public Information Bureau
Des Moines, Iowa (515) 725-6196

DNE URGES IOWANS TO TAKE BACK UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Des Moines, IOWA --- On Friday, September 24, 2010 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement (DNE) is teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its community partners to take part in the first ever nationwide prescription drug take-back. Iowans can turn in their unused, unneeded and expired prescription medications at collection sites across Iowa.

  • Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdoes and abuse.
  • This service is free and anonymous.
  • Tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage forms will be collected. Intravenous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will not be accepted.

DNE Director Kevin Frampton is leading this important initiative in Iowa and says pharmaceutical drugs taken without a prescription can be just as dangerous as taking illicit drugs. "More Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined," said Director Frampton. He added, "The majority of teenagers using prescription drugs got them from family and friends, including from their home medicine cabinets. That's why it's important to safely dispose of unused prescription medications."

Here are DEA statistics about teens and prescription drug abuse:

  • 1 in 7 teens admit to abusing prescription drugs to get high in the past year. Sixty percent of teens who abused prescription pain relievers did so before the age of 15.
  • Fifty-six percent of teens believe that prescription drugs are easier to get than illicit drugs.
  • 2 in 5 teens believe that prescription drugs are "much safer" than illegal drugs. And 3 in 10 teens believe that prescription pain relievers are not addictive.
  • Sixty-three percent of teens believe that prescription drugs are easy to get from friends' and family's medicine cabinet.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety Headquarter's building is a drop-off site, located at 215 East 7th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319. To find a collection site near you, or for additional information, go to www.dea.gov and click on the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day icon.

 

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