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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day set for Saturday

For more than a decade, the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has provided an easy, no-cost opportunity to dispose of medicines stored in the home that are susceptible to misuse and theft.

Stock image of drugs by Myriam Zilles on Unsplash.
Stock image of drugs by Myriam Zilles on Unsplash.
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OMAHA, Nebraska — The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 23rd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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This event offers anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide including nearly 130 sites across the five state DEA Omaha Division.

For more than a decade, the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has provided an easy, no-cost opportunity to dispose of medicines stored in the home that are susceptible to misuse and theft.

Opioid misuse remains at epidemic levels in the United States. According to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a majority of people who misused a prescription medication obtained the medicine from a family member or friend.

On Saturday, the DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other forms of prescription drugs. Collection sites will not accept syringes, sharps, and illicit drugs. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The cap must be tightly sealed to prevent leakage. The event will also continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges provided lithium batteries are removed.

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To find nearby collection sites, visit DEATakeBack.com .

In addition, people can use the drop boxes at facilities listed at apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main to dispose of unwanted prescription medications year-round.

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