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4/10/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Residents encouraged to dispose of old medication with spring cleaning

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

The Gateway Impact Coalition is encouraging Clinton County residents to dispose of unneeded or expired medications at any of four secure drop-off locations during April.

Since 2008, the coalition has organized the annual "Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet" event in September, but drop boxes installed at law enforcement facilities last fall now allow residents to safely dispose of medications year-round.

Gateway Impact is using this month as an opportunity to remind residents they can dispose of their medications as part of their spring cleaning activities.

Properly disposing of old medication helps combat the growing problem of prescription drug abuse and keeps water supplies clean and free of pharmaceutical contaminants. Medication should not be flushed down the toilet.

Medication drop off boxes are located at the DeWitt Police Department, 606 Ninth St., DeWitt; the lobby of the Clinton County sheriff's office, 241 Seventh Ave. N., Clinton; the Clinton Police Department, 113 Sixth Ave. S., Clinton; and the Camanche Police Department, 819 S. Washington Blvd., Camanche.

Community members can come to any of the above locations during normal business hours and leave expired or unused medication in the drop box.

Medication should be left in original containers. If disposing of liquid medication, please ensure the lid is secured tightly and place the container inside a plastic bag.

Acceptable items are prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, liquids and creams and pet medication.

Needles, sharps, bio-hazardous waste, mail and trash are not accepted.

The drop boxes are part of the Gateway Impact Coalition's three-prong campaign against prescription drug abuse, "Monitor, Secure, Dispose," which aims to help residents know what medications they are taking, keep them out of the hands of abusers and dispose of them properly when the drugs no longer are needed.

The disposal boxes were donated to Gateway Impact Coalition by Iowa American Water and were installed last October.

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