Nebraskans with unused or expired prescription medication are encouraged to dispose of them at select sites throughout the state on Saturday, Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The Attorney General’s office and the Nebraska State Patrol have announced there will be five collection sites across the state.
“Many parents may not realize there are potentially life-threatening drugs in the home medicine cabinet,” said Attorney General Jon Bruning in a written statement released by his office. “One way to keep kids from dangerous experimentation is to remove these drugs and to dispose of them safely and securely.”
The office says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than half of the teen-agers poisoned to death overdosed on prescription drugs. The DCD estimates that more than 2,500 teen-agers down prescription drugs to get high for the first time, suggesting that prescription drugs might well be replacing marijuana as gateway drugs.
This is the fourth time the Attorney General’s Office has organized the event. In the past,
more than 14,700 lbs. of unwanted drugs.
The following locations will host collection sites from 10am until 2pm Saturday:
6811 O St.
Fremont Area Medical Center
450 East 23rd Street
Columbus Community Hospital
4600 38th St.
St. Francis Medical Center
2620 West Faidley