Those with unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications in their homes are urged to get rid of them on Saturday – National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Nebraska Regional Poison Center spokesperson and registered nurse Joan McVoy says medications can become dangerous or ineffective over time and can be abused by someone looking through your medicine cabinet.
McVoy says, “More than 50% of the calls that come into the Poison Center are about medications and the ones we really worry about are these prescription pain medications. The age groups we have most of these poisoning deaths from prescription drugs are in that 50 to 59 age group. Most of the calls that come into the Poison Centers are for children under the age of six so get them out of your home. This is a chance you can do so easily.”
On National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day there will be more than 5,000 collection sites across the country and many drop-off sites will be located in Nebraska. Over the past ten years Americans have turned in over 4.8 million pounds of prescription medications at these events.
McVoy says there are also sites that will take medication in Nebraska all year round. Residents are asked to call 1-800-222-1222 and poison center nurses will be able to answer all of your questions and will help quickly locate the nearest take-back site.