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Over 4,000 pounds of prescription drugs collected across Nebraska

The Drug Enforcement Administration collected over 4,000 pounds of prescription drugs as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Over 4,000 pounds of prescription drugs collected across Nebraska.
Over 4,000 pounds of prescription drugs collected across Nebraska.(wdam)
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 11:48 PM CDT
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) collected over 4,000 pounds of prescription medications in Nebraska on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 24th, the DEA Omaha Division announced Monday.

Since 2010, the DEA has collected unused, expired or unwanted prescription medications in an effort to prevent addiction and potential overdoses across the country. In partnership with law enforcement agencies, the DEA has collected over 14.5 million pounds of medications since the inception of the Drug Take Back initiative, according to a DEA news release.

On the most recent Take Back Day in Nebraska, 24 law enforcement agencies assisted in collecting 4,342 pounds of prescription medications. Nationwide, the DEA gathered a total of 829,543 pounds.

Omaha Division Special Agent in Charge Justin C. King says Take Back Day gives people a safe and anonymous way to dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs.

“It also gives us the chance to educate people on the potential dangers of misuse and abuse of prescription medications,” King said. “These are important messages that we want to make people aware of in our communities.”

The DEA reminds all those who could not make it to a Take Back location on April 24th, there are more than 11,000 year-round authorized collection sites across the county. For more information, you can visit: https://apps2.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main?execution=e1s1.

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