- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials say more than four tons of unused medications were recently collected in Iowa as party of a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The Iowa governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy says the prescription meds were collected at more than 100 sites across Iowa on Oct. 15. That brings the total collected in Iowa over the last 12 years to nearly 39 tons.

The effort is intended to keep painkillers and other prescription drugs out of the hands of people who could misuse or abuse them, and out of trash and groundwater.

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