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April 24, 2012
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or
National Drug Take Back Day is April 28
Public Can Get Rid of Old, Unused Medications
Lincoln—Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 28, at about 50 locations across Nebraska.  The events will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
This day presents 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.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 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.
“Nationally, prescription drug abuse and overdoses are on the rise.  From a public health standpoint, this is a concern,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, the state’s Chief Medical Officer.
Studies show that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, sometimes stolen out of the home medicine cabinet, said Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health.
“Medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse,” Adams said. “Law enforcement and substance abuse prevention coalitions, along with other community partners across the state, sponsor take-back events to collect both prescription and over-the-counter drugs and dispose of them properly.”
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 or contaminate the environment.  The best way to dispose of the drugs is an official drug take-back event. 
Attached is a listing of places that are sponsoring collection sites.  A list that is updated daily is available at