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RALI Iowa and the Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputies’ Association Work to Prevent Substance Misuse

Sheriffs’ offices around the state to participate in DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, October 24


Jenna Rainwater


DES MOINES, IA – Sheriff’s offices across Iowa will participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 24 to help Iowans address the state’s opioid epidemic. Take Back Day provides an opportunity for Americans to rid medicine cabinets of potentially dangerous unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medications – and to dispose of them in a safe manner.

Proper disposal of medications is a crucial step in preventing misuse and addiction. Misused prescription drugs are often obtained from the medicine cabinets of close friends and family members, so it is important that we remain vigilant to protect loved ones.

The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Iowa is dedicated to educating local communities about ways to combat the opioid crisis. RALI Iowa and the Iowa State Sheriffs' and Deputies' Association are working together to ensure Iowans have a safe place to dispose of their medications this Take Back Day.

“It’s critical that we educate people about the dangers in their own medicine cabinets. Especially now as we’re dealing with the COVID pandemic, people are turning to dangerous substances to cope. We want Iowans to know that there are resources out there that they can take advantage of,” said ISSDA President, Lt. Chad Cribb.

On Saturday, October 24, bring your unwanted medications to any of the locations below. Some offices will also offer free prescription drug disposal pouches which can be used from home at any time. RALI Iowa has donated more than 3,000 safe disposal pouches for use at Take Back Day events. For more tips about safe disposal, visit

Story County


Sheldahl City Hall

803 2nd Street

Sheldahl, IA 50243


Zearing City Hall

105 W Main Street

Zearing, IA 50278

For more information, contact Sgt. Liz Quinn


Marion County


Marion County Sheriff’s Office

211 N Godfrey Lane

Knoxville, IA 50138

For more information, contact Chief Deputy Fisher


Iowa County


Iowa County Sheriff’s Office

960 Franklyn Avenue

Marengo, IA 52301

For more information, contact Robert Rotter


Palo Alto County


Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office

2001 11th Street

Emmetsburg, IA 50536

For more information, contact Sheriff Lynn J Schultes


Ringgold County


Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office

801 W South Street

Mt Ayr, IA 50854

For more information, contact Sheriff Rob Haley


Benton County


Benton County Sheriff’s Office

113 E 3rd Street

Vinton, IA 52349

Belle Plaine Police Department

1207 8th Avenue

Belle Plaine, IA 52208

For more information, contact Ronald Tippett

319-472-2337 (4)

Polk County


CVS Pharmacy

215 Euclid Ave

Des Moines, IA 50313

For more information, contact Sgt. Chris Silver


Blackhawk County

10:00am-2:00pm Greenwood Pharmacy 2104 Kimball Avenue Waterloo, IA 50702

For more information, contact Deputy Chad Chase

(319) 291-2587 EXT. 5132

Linn County


Linn County Sheriff’s Office

310 2nd Ave SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

For more information, contact Shawn Ireland


Kossuth County


121 West State Street

Algona, IA 50511

For more information, contact Steve Kollasch


Mahaska County


214 High Avenue East

Oskaloosa, IA 52577

For more information, contact Russ Van Renterghem


Franklin County


Franklin County Law Enforcement Center

105 5th Street SW

Hampton, IA 50441

For more information, contact Sheriff Aaron Dodd


Washington County


UP Church Parking Lot

209 E Main Street

Washington, IA 52353

For more information, contact Sheriff Jared Schneider


Clayton County


22680 230th Street

Saint Olaf, IA 52172

For more information, contact Investigator Mark Kautman


Appanoose County


Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office

1125 W Van Buren Street

Centerville, IA 52544

For more information, contact Sheriff Gary D. Anderson


Osceola County


Osceola County Sheriff’s Office

309 6th Street

Sibley, IA 51249

For more information, contact Sande Smith



The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) Iowa supports programs that help prevent the misuse of prescription medicines so that more lives can be saved from the opioid crisis. We do this by bringing together community leaders and elected officials who are committed to finding effective solutions and sharing ideas that will make a difference across the state.

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