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Nebraska residents discard 5,661 lbs of unwanted drugs during Take Back Day event

Prescription drug dropoff Saturday
Posted at 3:58 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 16:58:23-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraskans discarded thousands of pounds of potentially dangerous and unwanted drugs at the annual Drug Take Back Day event on April 27.

Forty-seven sites served as drop-off locations in the state, with 37 local, state, tribal and federal partners participating. Nebraska had a 3,239 pound increase from the last Take Back Day event in October of 2018.

Nebraska has collected 94,149 pounds of discarded drugs since the first event in 2010.

“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is more than just a day for people to turn in unwanted, unused and expired medication,” DEA Omaha Division Diversion Program Manager William Stockmann said. “Take Back Day provides us with a time to remind our communities about the potential for misuse and abuse of prescription medication. It’s important for each of us to do our part in making sure that medications are properly safeguarded and eventually discarded, removing the temptation for misuse by family and friends.”

Those unable to attend the Take Back event can locate year-round, secure drop-off locations by going to this website.

The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.