Nebraska residents will have an excuse to clean out their medicine cabinets this weekend.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2áp.m., the Omaha Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public a chance to rid their homes of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous.
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, more than 2 million pounds of pills were taken in.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are accidental poisonings and overdoses due to such drugs. Studies have found that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends and the home medicine cabinet.
Usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — pose safety and health hazards.
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Nebraska dropoff sites
╗ Omaha: Walgreens, 30th and Lake Streets; Westroads Mall at the Salute to Safety Expo
╗ Fremont: Fremont Area Medical Center, 450 E. 23rd St.
╗ West Point: St. Francis Memorial Hospital, 430 N. Monitor St.
╗ Lincoln: Neighborhood Pharmacy, 6811 O St.
╗ Columbus: Community Hospital, 4600 38th St.
╗ Lexington: Regional Health Center, 1201 N. Erie St.
╗ York: General Hospital, 2222 N. Lincoln Ave.
╗ Grand Island: St. Francis Medical Center, 2620 W. Faidley Ave.