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On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Omaha Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff, Ralston Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, LiveWise, Methodist Hospital and Creighton schools of pharmacy will give the public its 16th opportunity in eight years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the locations listed on the event flyer. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last spring, Americans turned in 475 tons (949, 046 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and more almost 4,700 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 15 previous TakeBack events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 10 million pounds—nearly 5,000 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

Turn in your expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs only to the specified locations stated on the attached flyer. Please do not turn the prescription drugs into the police precincts.  Thank you.

 

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