National 'Drug Take Back Day on Saturday

Posted April 25, 2018

It is a free and anonymous program. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs that year.

Unused or expired medications should be disposed of properly when they are no longer needed as medicines may lose their effectiveness after the expiration date and improper use of prescription drugs can be as unsafe as illegal drug use, the AG's office states. The DEA hopes to prevent the start of drug addiction, enabling of current battles, and risk of overdosing by allowing the safe disposal of these drugs.

Do you have unwanted prescription medicine in your home or know someone who does?

The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends-and the home medicine cabinet.

The event is from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., with drop-off spots in 31 cities across Nebraska, including nine locations in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area. This is the 15th opportunity in 7 years that the DEA has provided to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially unsafe expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

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BROUSSARD: The Broussard Police will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday April 28, 2018.

Nationally, prescription drugs are the second-most abused category of drugs after marijuana, with one in five young adults reporting that they have abused a prescription drug.

For more information, contact Capt. Mark Johnson at 353-8550. Studies prove that opioids are a gateway drug. This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations.

Proper disposal of unwanted medicines is important.

The initiative especially targets opioid prescriptions before they can be misused, abused or accidentally ingested. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration first launched its "Take-Back" day more than six years ago. This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 9,015,668 pounds or 4,508 tons.