Spring cleaning is underway and the Nebraska Regional Poison Center asks residents to spend some time focusing on your medicine cabinet. Public Education Coordinator Jean Hammack says Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day and this is an excellent opportunity for Nebraskans to get rid of unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
Hammack says, “We mainly want to keep people safe. The other factor is that many medications can become dangerous of ineffective over time. Other medications can be abused by someone searching through somebody’s medicine cabinet.”
Statistics shows the program works. In October of last year, over 456 tons on unwanted medications were dropped off nationwide.
There are many participating law enforcement agencies and pharmacies taking part in the event on Saturday. The service is free, anonymous for Nebraskans an no questions will be asked. They will only accept pills and patches. Needles, sharps, inhalers, medications with iodine and illicit drugs will not be accepted.