Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for April 28
The Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force encourages residents to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, April 28, 2012. The event is an initiative of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to prevent pill abuse and theft. The service is free and anonymous.
The public can bring medications for disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at these locations:
CVS Pharmacy 4800 O Street CVS Pharmacy 1401 Superior Street Walgreens 8300 Northern Lights Drive (84th & Holdrege) Walgreens 2630 Pine Lake Drive Walgreens 4000 South 70th Street (70th & Pioneers Blvd.)
The Nebraska Attorney General's Office also is sponsoring a location at Lincoln Neighborhood Pharmacy, 6811 "O" Street. To check for the nearest collection site, go to www.justice.gov/dea.
Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds (188.5 tons) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds (nearly 500 tons) of pills.
According to the DEA, medicines kept in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses in the U.S. are alarmingly high. Studies show that most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.
Americans are now advised that their usual methods of disposing of unused medicines (flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash) pose potential safety and health hazards.