OMAHA, Neb. (KCAU) – The Drug Enforcement Administration collected nearly 470 tons of unwanted medication on their 17th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
In Iowa, more than 11,600 pounds of potentially dangerous and unwanted drugs were dropped off at 135 sites around the state.
Meanwhile, in Nebraska, a little less than half that was collected; people dropped off close to 56,000 pounds of prescription drugs.
“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.”
Individuals can still find year-round, secure drop-off locations by clicking here.
The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is set for Saturday, October 26.