National Drug Take Back coming up

National Drug Take Back coming up

More than 900,000 pounds of unused drugs were collected at more than 5,300 collection sites in the fall campaign of 2017.

The event is from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., with drop-off spots in 31 cities across Nebraska, including nine locations in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.

The event is free and anonymous, no questions asked. This is a semi-annual event in which people can turn in unused, unwanted or unnecessary prescription drugs that they have in the medicine cabinets at home.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

Prescription drug abuse has become an increasingly common and serious problem across the country.

"Citizens will be permitted to drive through one of the bays and hand over their unused medications without getting out of their vehicles", said Riley.

- Prescription medications can be just as risky as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor's supervision.

For further information call the Milford Police Crime Prevention Unit at 203-874-2366 or visit the DEA website at dea.gov and click on "National Prescription Take-Back Day". DEA launched its prescription drug take back program when both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration advised the public that flushing these drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash posed potential safety and health hazards. "We know that opioid abuse often starts with drugs from the medicine cabinet, not the streets".

Collection sites will be set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs which will be properly disposed of without threat to the environment, according to a news release.

Proper disposal of unwanted medicines is important.

Last Fall Americans turned in 456 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement parties.

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