Saturday Is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Omaha Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Prescription and over–the-counter medications can be dropped off at the Hy-Vee at 132nd and Dodge, the Hy-Vee at 90th and Center, Walgreens at 24th and Vinton and Walgreens at 30th and lake.

Liquids, needles or shops will not be accepted.The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last spring, Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27  Take Back Day event, click here.

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