Drug and Safe Sharps Disposal Programs

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What to do with old medications

Drug and Safe Sharps Disposal Programs
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Properly disposing of old medications and sharps (needles) is import for many reasons.  Chief among these is making sure they do not end up being misused by children.  Another key reason is that improper disposal can negatively impact the environment.  Old medicines should not be flushed down the drain. 

There are three local programs that offer residents the opportunity to safely dispose of medications and Sharps (needles).

The Take-Away Program:  For drugs that are not considered a "Controlled Substance" the Iowa Pharmacy Association has established the "Take-Away" Environmental Return System for old medications.  Click here for a flyer about what is accepted and not accepted.  This first in the nation program was funded through a grant from the State of Iowa.

To find out which local pharmacies participate in the Take-Away program, click here.


Boone County Project SAFE:  The local Project Safe coalition works with local law enforcement and others to promote safe and legal method for the disposal of "controlled substances."  This is part of the Drug Free Communities program.  For more information on Project Safe click here.


SHARPS Disposal:  The Boone County Landfill provides free disposal of sharps (used needles) during its normal business hours.  Click here for more information.

Questions? Phone: 515.433.0591 Email: info@boonelandfill.org



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