OMAHA, Neb. - Nebraskans got rid of nearly 44-hundred pounds of unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications during the recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. For the first time at these events, vaping cartridges were also accepted.
The Omaha Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration released figures from the October 26 event. The division, which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota saw just over 22-thousand pound of items collected. The exact number for Nebraska was 4,390 pounds.
"The DEA wishes to thank all of our local, tribal, state and federal law enforcement partners who helped make this Take Back event successful,” said Special Agent in Charge Richard Salter Jr. “Collectively, we removed over 22,000 pounds of powerfully addictive and potentially deadly medications from falling into the wrong hands.”
The DEA press release said the public has embraced Take Back Day events because they provide easy, no-cost opportunities to remove unwanted or unused medicines that are highly susceptible to misuse, abuse and theft.
Nationwide, over 882-thousand pounds of items were returned.
If people were unable to visit a take back site that day, they can locate secure disposal sites they can visit at any time through the DEA website or by calling 1-800-882-9539.
The next National Prescription Take Back Day is April 25, 2020.