Iowa City collects unused drugs

Published: October 9 2009 | 8:23 pm - Updated: 30 March 2014 | 11:15 am in
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More than 130 pounds of unwanted prescriptions were collected at a pharmaceutical disposal.

ECO Iowa City held the collection Sept. 26 in the Sycamore Mall parking lot.

During the three-hour event, ECO Iowa City accepted expired and unused pharmaceuticals from 94 people and collected 135.8 pounds of drugs — enough to fill eight 5-gallon buckets.

“It’s important to keep pharmaceuticals out of our water supply,” said Jennifer Jordan, Iowa City’s Recycling Coordinator. “A collection and educational campaign about not flushing them down the toilet is a great start.”

Another disposal event is being planning for the spring on the west side of Iowa City.

An additional goal of the event is to reduce prescription drug abuse and accidental ingestions often associated with insecure in-home storage of prescription drugs.

ECO Iowa City’s event partners were the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa City Police Department, the Nest of Johnson County, Engineers for a Sustainable World and the American Pharmacists Association — Academy of Student Pharmacists.

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