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October 21, 2011

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or

National Drug Take Back Day is October 29

Public Can Get Rid of Old, Unused Medications
Lincoln—Prescription Drug Take Back Day is an opportunity for Nebraskans to properly dispose of unused, expired and unwanted drugs that might otherwise fall into the wrong hands, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
“Studies show that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, sometimes stolen out of the home medicine cabinet,” according to Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health. “Law enforcement and substance abuse prevention coalitions, along with other community partners across the state, are sponsoring take-back events on October 29th to collect these drugs and dispose of them properly.”
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs. The Partnership for a Drug Free America reports that each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.
“Medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse,” Adams said. “The rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses.”
Flushing drugs down the toilet can contaminate the water supply. Throwing drugs in the trash may make it possible for them to fall into the wrong hands. The best way to dispose of the drugs is an official drug take-back event.
Following is a listing of places that are sponsoring collection sites. A list that is updated daily is available at For specific times of collection, call the sponsoring entity.

Alliance, Alliance Police Department, Box Butte General Hospital, 2101 Box Butte

Auburn, Nemaha County Sheriff's Department, Crestview Shopping Center, Pamida Parking Lot, 2510 Dahlke Ave

Bellevue, Bellevue Police Department, Target Store, 3808 Twin Creek Rd

Blair, Blair Police Department, Blair Police Department, 1730 Lincoln St

Bridgeport, Bridgeport Police Department, Bridgeport City Office, 809 Main St

Burwell, GLW , Garfield County Courthouse, 250 South 8th

Chadron, Chadron Police Department, Chadron Fire Department, 302 West 3rd St

Columbus, Nebraska Attorney General Office, Agricultural Park, 822 15th St

Fremont, Nebraska Attorney General Office, Fremont Area Medical Center, 450 East 23rd St

Gordon, Gordon Police Department, Gordon City Hall, 311 North Oak St

Grand Island, Nebraska Attorney General Office, St Francis Medical Center, 2620 W Faidley

Hay Springs, Sheridan County Sheriff Department, Hay Springs Fire Hall, 102 N 1st St

Hastings, Hastings Pd, ASAAP, South Heartland HD, South Heartland District Health Department, 606 N Minnesota Ave

Hemingford, Hemingford Police Dept, Hemingford Fire Hall, 516 Niobrara Ave

Kearney, Buffalo County Sheriff's Office, Kearney Good Samaritan Hospital, 10 E 31st St, North Parking Lot

Lincoln, Lincoln Police Department, Walgreens, 4000 S 70 St
Lincoln, Lincoln Police Department, Walgreens, 2630 Pine Lake Rd
Lincoln, Lincoln Police Department, Walgreens, 8300 Northern Lights
Lincoln, Nebraska Attorney General Office, Guardian Angels Homecare, 3200 O St Suite 6
Lincoln, Lincoln Police Department, Walgreens, 1404 Superior St

McCook, Nebraska Attorney General Office, Community Hospital, 1301 East H St

Nebraska City, Nebraska City Police Department, City Hall, 1419 Central Avenue

Neligh, Antelope County Sheriff, Sheriff Office, 205 E 6th St

North Platte, Community Connections *Every 3rd Saturday, Platte River Mall, 1000 S Dewey

Omaha, Omaha Police Department, Kubat Pharmacy, 2401 N St
Omaha, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Walgreens, 13155 W Center Rd

Oshkosh, Garden County Sheriff's Office, Oshkosh City Fire Hall, 113 West 1st St

Ralston, Ralston Police Department, Walgreens, 10:00am - 12:00pm Only, 8380 Harrison St

Rushville, Sheridan County Sheriff Department, Rushville Fire Hall, 201 W 2nd St

Sidney, Sidney Police Department, Wal-Mart Super Center, 3001 Silverburg Dr
Sidney, Sidney Police Department, Western Drug, 806 Illinois St

Winnebago, Winnebago Police Department, Winnebago Indian Health Service Hospital, Highway 75/77

York, Nebraska Attorney General Office, York General Hospital, 2222 North Lincoln Ave