The Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 30th was a success. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says the State Patrol and the US Drug Enforcement Administration collected 752-pounds of prescription medication that day from seven sites in the state.
“Efforts like these work to reduce the amount of prescription drugs available for misuse,” said Bruning. “By disposing of these medications safely and securely, Nebraskans have taken steps to make our kids safer.”
Prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most prevalent category of drug abuse in the United States, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. According to the survey, the majority (70 to 78 percent, depending on the drug) of Americans 12 and older who abused prescription drugs got them from friends and family, including from their home medicine cabinets.
The agencies coordinated collection sites in Lincoln, Fremont, South Sioux City, Columbus, York, Lexington and Grand Island.
According to the DEA, more than 376,000 pounds of medications were collected in total during the nationwide event.