If spring cleaning included clearing out the medicine cabinets, Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day across the metro offered a place to safely dispose of old or unwanted prescription medications.
Bellevue police were among the many law enforcement agencies across the metro offering a site where you could drop off drugs with no questions asked. Keeping drugs out of the wrong hands wasn’t the only reason for this event. “It's also important for the earth to get the drugs disposed of properly so that way they aren't ruining our environment,” said BPD’s Roger Cox.
The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department collected 25 boxes (437 pounds worth) of unused/expired prescription medications to be turned over to the DEA to be destroyed.
Pills will be incinerated, a better choice than flushing them down the toilet, which has created a spike in antibiotics in our water system. Throwing them away might not mean the end for them as addicts often troll through trash.
Keeping unused medications around can lead to bigger problems. “The cost of abusing the prescription drugs really runs high on the street and once a person is addicted to that opiate based form they want to find their high as fast and as cheap as they can and they turn to heroin, so we've seen a huge surge in heroin use over the past few years,” says LiveWise Coalition director Jennifer Green.