National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

OMAHA (KPTM)- The Omaha Police Department and the Drug EnforcementAdministration (DEA) will hold a drug take back event to help people get rid ofdangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The NortheastPrecinct is again partnering with Creighton University and Walgreens, providinga drop-off site at the Walgreens at 30th and Lake Street. Theservice is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds--276 tons--ofprescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Backevents, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds--nearly 775 tons--ofpills.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highlysusceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Americans are now advised thattheir usual methods for disposing of unused medicines--flushing them down thetoilet or throwing them in the trash--both pose potential safety and healthhazards.

List of Locations:
Walgreens at 30th and Lake, Hy-Vee on S. 178th, Hy-Vee atShadow Lake in Papillion,
Carter Lake City Hall, Council Bluffs Walgreens on E. Broadway, Offutt AFBEhrling Berquist Clinic at 25th and Capehart and 106th andMeyer Ave. (10am-2pm)

Walgreens at 131st and Center and Walgreensat 83rd and Center (10am-12pm)