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October 5, 2012

MCSO collects 20 pounds of pills

Knoxville — The Marion County Sheriff's Office recently took part in a nationwide prescription drug collection event. In one day, the sheriff's office collected approximately 20 pounds of expired or unusable prescription drugs. 

This event was part of a Drug Enforcement Administration collection. In Iowa, 4,399 pounds were collected. The previous event, in April, brough in 5,365 pounds. Nationwide, there were 17,200 pounds of drugs collected and 21,000 in April. 

Marion County Sheriff Ron Goemaat said that residents do no thave to wait until special collection days as this to bring in unused prescription drugs. The drugs can be dropped off at the office at 211 Godfrey Lane, Knoxville, during regular business hours. 

In most cases, families of the deceased discover the unused pills of their loved ones and feel they have to flush or hold onto the drugs until the next collection date. Quite often, these pills are painkillers. The abuse of painkillers and other prescription drugs is on the rise and becoming a major problem in Iowa. As for flushing, drugs can dissolve and contaminate the environment. 

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