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TakeAway Iowa
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Since 2009, the Iowa Pharmacy Association has worked collaboratively with the Iowa Board of Pharmacy and other key stakeholders to create a statewide, pharmacy-based solution to appropriate medication disposal of unused, expired medications. This strategy has evolved to offer different options for disposal at local pharmacies or at local law enforcement facilities.


To find a local pharmacy that accepts only non-controlled substance medications, click here.
To find a local pharmacy or law enforcement facility that accepts controlled substances and non-controlled substances, click here.
Temporary locations are also available during annual DEA Take-Back events (Spring & Fall). Visit the DEA Website to learn more.
The Iowa Pharmacy Association has partnered with Sharps Compliance Inc. to provide TakeAway medication disposal units in participating community-based pharmacies across Iowa. These participating pharmacies can only accept non-controlled substances. The chart below details what can be collected in a TakeAway unit. 

Acceptable Not Acceptable
Unused or expired medication, prescription (Rx) or over-the-counter (OTC), including:
  • Pills, tablets, capsules
  • Ointments, creams, lotions and powders
  • Inhalers, nebulizer solutions
  • Liquid medicines 4 oz. or less
    • Solutions, suspensions
    • Liquids must be wrapped in a paper towel and placed in a sealed plastic bag before being placed in a TakeAway container.
Controlled Substances* including Adderall, Vicodin, Demerol, Hydrocodone, MS Contin, Ambien
Any sharps (syringes, lancets, etc.)
Liquids over 4 oz. **
Home based care (HBC) or durable medical equipment (DME) supplies, such as rubbing alcohol.

*Controlled substances cannot be collected in the TakeAway container, however, participating pharmacies may purchase TakeAway envelopes that must be made available at no cost to patients, who would mail back their controlled substance medication for disposal.

** Contact local solid waste agency for disposal options

TakeAway can only accept unused medication from patients or patients’ caregivers. Inventory from a pharmacy or other healthcare center is NOT acceptable.

For additional information on how to properly dispose of needles, lancets, etc. please reference this document


To assist in marketing your medication disposal options to your community, please utilize these options below: If your pharmacy requires TakeAway-specific marketing materials, please contact

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