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Medication Disposal





Photo of three open medication bottles on their sides with blue and pink pills rolling outSeniors vs. Crime and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office work closely with the Gateway Impact Coalition, a community coalition dedicated to finding and implementing solutions to substance abuse issues.  Of particular concern to Seniors vs. Crime is the issue of prescription drug abuse and mis-use. Senior citizens account for 13% of the population, but account for one-third of medications prescribed in the US.  We work to educate the senior citizen community on:
  • securing their medications to prevent theft or diversion
  • monitoring those medications to avoid mis-use
  • properly disposing of unneeded medications, which prevents them from falling into the hands of abusers, and keeps them out of groundwater and water supply, thus diminshing contamination of this critical community resource
 
Starting in 2006, the Gateway Impact Coalition, along with Seniors vs. Crime sponsored an annual Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet event, in which we operated drop-off sites for prescription medications one day each year. Commencing in October 2012, the coalition obtained four disposal sites in Clinton County, open 365 days of the year, where anyone can drop off unneeded or outdated prescription drugs in disposal bins. These sites are located at:
  • Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, 241 7th Avenue North, Clinton, Iowa
  • Clinton Police Department, 113 6th Avenue South, Clinton, Iowa
  • Camanche Police Department, 917 3rd St, Camanche, Iowa
  • Dewitt Police Department, 609 – 9th St, Dewitt, Iowa
For more information on the Gateway Impact Coalition, go to www.gatewayimpactcoalition.com, or call 563-241-4371.
To learn more on the misuse of prescription drugs, view the brochure, Prescription Drug MisusePDF icon



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