Des Moines, IA

Prescription Drug Takeback Events to Be Held in Des Moines

Kimberly Ritter

Has your spring cleaning included cleaning out your medicine cabinet? If so, special events on Saturday, April 24th around the Des Moines, Iowa metro area can help you safely dispose of any medications that you no long need.

Image courtesy of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

If you are looking for a way to safely dispose of old medications, special events being held Saturday around the Des Moines Iowa area are the perfect solution.

This Saturday, April 24th is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This annual event aims to provide a safe, convenient and confidential way of disposing of prescription drugs while educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

Residents from Des Moines, Iowa and from around the metro are able to safely dispose of unwanted medications this weekend at Drug Take-Back Day events. Events will be held Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications.

Des Moines Area Drug Take Back Events

Here are the participating locations in Central Iowa.

  • Ankeny - Drop off at the Ankeny Police Department.
  • Grimes - The Polk County Sheriff’s Office at Grimes City Hall.
  • Johnston - The Johnston Public Safety Building at 6373 Merle Hay Road.
  • Norwalk - Drop off at the Norwalk Police Department
  • Urbandale - Drop off at the Urbandale Police Department front entrance.
  • Waukee - Collections will be made at the Waukee Police Department.
  • West Des Moines - Drop off at the West Des Moines Police Department.
  • Windsor Heights - Collections will be made at the Windsor Heights Police Department.

This drug take back program allows anyone to remove old medication from their home, preventing abuse, unintended use, and avoids these medications from contaminating the landfills or water supplies. Simply bring your items to participating locations and officers will accept them and ensure they are disposed up safely, privately, and legally.

These prescription drug take back events are for prescription pills only. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Learn more on how you can dispose of liquid medications and needles.

Before disposing of prescription medicines, be sure to remove all personal information on pill bottle labels and medicine packaging. All of your medicines dropped off at the take back locations will be destroyed.

All participating prescription drug rop off locations will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations to maintain the safety of all participants and local law enforcement.

The DEA will also accept vaping devices and cartridges at its drop-off locations provided the lithium batteries are removed.

Don’t have a prescription drug drop off event near you listed? Find additional drop off locations here. Learn more about the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at

Are you unable to attend a prescription medication collection event this weekend? Find a safe prescription drug collection site near you and learn more about safe disposal near you or call the DEA Diversion Control Division Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539 for more information about these collection sites.

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