Nebraskans are being urged to clear out their medicine cabinets of outdated and unwanted prescriptions to keep them from being re-sold on the streets or misused by youth in the house.
Captain Mike Jahnke, an investigator with the Nebraska State Patrol, advises Nebraskans to safely dispose of outdated or unwanted prescriptions so they don’t end up in the wrong hands.
“We have seen an increase in the use and abuse of illegally obtained pharmaceutical drugs throughout the state. So, they do make it back onto the street,” Jahnke says. “How they get there could be through a variety of ways. A child could take it out of the medicine cabinet or it could be a burglary or a home invasion; they go through the medicine cabinet just like they would a jewelry drawer.”
Pain medication is the most popular prescription for thieves.
“They can go for $10, $20, $30, $40 a pill. Some of the patches that terminally ill cancer patients may have could be ten times that,” according to Jahnke.
Not all prescriptions are stolen. Some simply are misused by teen-agers bored and willing to experiment.
The Attorney General’s office says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each day 2,500 teenagers use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.
Tomorrow is Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The Attorney General’s office has established drug collection sites in Lincoln, Fremont, Columbus, West Point, Grand Island and York.
“These drop off sites are for the public’s benefit so you can drop them off, be rid of them and then they can be properly dispose of and handled by somebody who knows what they’re doing, not just flushing them down the toilet or putting them into the trash,” Jahnke says.
The Attorney General’s office has teamed with the Nebraska MEDS Coalition and Dillon’s House to establish the collection sites for the Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday. Nearly 28,000 lbs. of unwanted drugs have been disposed of the past six years during Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The following locations will host collection sites coordinated by the Attorney General’s Office and the NSP. For more information, visit ago.ne.gov.
Fremont Area Medical Center
450 E. 23rd St. West Point
St Francis Memorial Hospital
430 N. Monitor St.
St. Francis Medical Center
2620 W. Faidley
Columbus Community Hospital
4600 38th St.
York General Hospital
2222 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Neighborhood Pharmacy
6811 O St.