It's a good time to clean out your medicine cabinet. On Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M., the Drug Enforcement Administration will hold its annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Michelle O'Neill reports in the Quad Cities, expired or un-used pills and patches may be dropped off at the Rock Island County Sheriff's garage, and Silvis and Milan police departments.
Assistant US Attorney Patrick Reinert, from the Northern District of Iowa, says the proper disposal of left over prescription drugs helps families and the community. It protects family members from accidental poisoning and drug abuse, protects the environment, and prevents them from being stolen. "Last year, the DEA collected about 4 tons, and it's estimated about 10% are opioids. That's a lot of opioids we've taken out of our communities."