Nebraskans dumped more than 7,000 pounds of prescriptions drugs, properly.
The Attorney General’s office and the Nebraska State Patrol report Nebraska residents properly disposed of more than 7,000 pounds of drugs during Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, including 556 pounds from five sites coordinated by the state on the 26th.
“The amount of unwanted medication collected shows this program provides a valuable service,” said NSP Superintendent Col. David Sankey said in a written statement released by the AG office. “We want to thank the citizens who are helping to keep these types of medications out of the wrong hands by disposing of them in this manner.”
During six take-back events since 2011, The AG office and law enforcement agencies have collected more than 4,000 pounds of unwanted drugs in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Throughout Nebraska, a total of more than 35,000 pounds has been collected during the national events.
“In the wrong hands, prescription drugs can have deadly consequences,” AG Jon Bruning said in a prepared statement. “Take-back events provide an opportunity for Nebraskans to dispose of potentially dangerous drugs before they can become part of the problem. We’re proud to be part of the effort to keep Nebraskans safe.”