Police department will take back drugs

Stephanie Ivankovich

The police department is offering a safe way to dispose drugs. From 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., on Sept. 26, the Perry Police Department, 908 Willis Ave., will be collecting unwanted drugs from the public.

National Drug Take-Back Day is meant for the public to dispose unwanted, expired or unused medications in an environmentally safe way and also keep them out of the hands of people that could abuse them.

The police department will accept prescription and over the counter medications, medication samples, pet medications, vitamins, supplements, homeopathics, ointments, lotions, creams, oils and soaps. Officials ask the public to keep all substances in its original container if possible. All liquids must be sealed in leak proof, clear, plastic bags. They also ask to mark out any identifying information. Unidentified medications will be accepted.

The police department will not accept needles, sharps or syringes with needles, aerosols or pressurized containers, thermometers, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, illicit substances or inhalers.

The drug drop box is paid for by Employee & Family Resources through a grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health.