Drop off old or unwanted prescription drugs as part of Take Back Day on Saturday

Jordan Sellergren/Little Village

Law enforcement agencies in Johnson and Linn counties are again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for this year’s nationwide Take Back Day.

Individuals with expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs can use the agency’s online search tool to locate a collection site near them. All sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Dropping off the prescription drugs is free and anonymous.

Johnson County residents have four drop-off locations:

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, 511 S Capitol St.

Iowa City Police Department and Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE

North Liberty Police Department, 340 N. Main St.

Coralville Police Department, 1503 5th St.

Linn County residents have three drop-off locations:

Cedar Rapids Police Department, 505 1st St. SW

Linn County Sheriff’s Office (West parking lot), 310 2nd Ave. SW

Hiawatha Police Department, 101 Emmons St.

During the take-back event last October, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office collected 42 pounds of prescription drugs. Statewide 8,931 pounds of prescription drugs were collected.

Many of the locations in both Johnson and Linn are asking individuals to practice social distancing and wear a mask when using the drop-off sites.

The DEA launched the twice-yearly take-back events in 2010, calling them “a crucial step toward reducing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse that is plaguing this nation.”

The agency also has an online tool that provides the locations of drop-off points that are available year-round.

Thoughts? Tips? A cute picture of a dog? Share them with LV »


Iowa City Book Festival

Oct. 18-24

A celebration of books, writing and ideas

Find Out More


Summer Programs 2020

Get 150+ local restaurants delivered to your door in the Iowa City & Cedar Rapids areas!

The Future is Unwritten

You look to Little Village for today’s stories. Your sustaining support will help us write tomorrow’s.


$10/mo or $120/year
The cost of doing this work really adds up! Your contribution at this level will cover telephone and internet expenses for one month at the LV editorial offices.


$20/mo or $240/year
$240 is enough to cover one month’s costs for sending out our weekly entertainment newsletter, The Weekender. Make a contribution at this level to put a little more oomph on your support and your weekend.


$30/mo or $360/year
(AUTO-RENEW) connects eastern Iowa culture with the world. Your contribution at this level will cover the site’s hosting costs for three months. A bold move for our boldest supporters!

All monthly and annual contributors receive:

  • Recognition on our Supporters page (aliases welcome)
  • Exclusive early access when we release new half-price gift cards
  • Access to a secret Facebook group where you can connect with other supporters and discuss the latest news and upcoming events (and maybe swap pet pics?) with the LV staff
  • Invitations to periodic publisher chats (held virtually for now) to meet with Matt and give him a piece of your mind, ask your burning questions and hear more about the future plans for Little Village, Bread & Butter Magazine, Witching Hour Festival and our other endeavors.