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Drug Drop Box

The Story County Sheriff's Office has installed a prescription drug drop box.  It is located inside the main entryway of the Story County Justice Center (1315 South B Ave in Nevada, IA).  The drop box is available during normal business hours and is free of charge.  It is meant to provide community members a safe and easy way to properly dispose of expired or unneeded prescription and over the counter drugs in order to keep them out of the hands of children and others that come in contact with them.  Individuals turning in unwanted medications may remain anonymous.

Items acceptable for drop off include prescription drugs, prescription patches, prescription samples, pet medications and over the counter medications, including vitamins; a sharps container is attached to the receptacle for the disposal of syringes.

Items unacceptable for drop off include aerosol cans, inhalers, prescription ointments, biohazard or infections waste, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, thermometers, food items, and supplements.  Collection service is only offered to private citizens.  The Sheriff's Office will not accept items from commercial entities for destrution.

The facts and statistics about prescription drug abuse are staggering:

  • Every day 40 Americans die from an overdose caused by prescription pain killer abuse, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. Overdoses of opioid prescription drugs now kill more people in the U.S. than heroin and cocaine combined.

  • Every day in the United States, 2,500 youths take a prescription pain reliever for the purpose of getting high for the very first time, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

  • The number of American teenagers and adults who abuse prescription drugs is greater than those who use cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined; according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services. 

The Story County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to battling the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

Prescription drug drop box