BOONE, Iowa—The Spring Drug Drop Off event in Boone County will be held Saturday morning. Kelly Wooden heads up the Boone County Project SAFE and is joined by the Boone County Supervisors, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Police Departments in Boone, Madrid and Ogden and also the Boone County Landfill and Boone City Utilities, in encouraging people to properly dispose of unwanted and outdated medications. Statistically, prescription medications are the fastest growing item abused by people. There is also the danger that older people may become confused and accidentally take something that should have been disposed of already.
The Drug Drop Off allows people a chance to go through their medicine cabinet or cupboard and find any unused or expired medications, including pills, lotions, liquids and patches. Dispose of expired over the counter medications. The same of vitamins and supplements. Even any unused or expired pet medications. Wooden says if there is a prescription label, mark out any identification. Put things in a bag or just bring them to the Police Departments in Boone, Madrid or Ogden Saturday morning between 10:00 and 12:00 PM. Law Enforcement will then have the materials incinerated.
Many people used to just flush unused prescriptions or throw them away in the garbage. Over the years, officials have found that water tests show traces of drugs that were not handled properly. There is no charge and law enforcement handles anything dropped off confidentially.