Empty The Medicine Cabinet

Douglas County Sheriff is taking back unwanted prescriptions.

On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your medications for disposal to Walgreens at 156th & W. Maple and Hy-Vee at 180th & Pacific. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms will be collected. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted. DCSO personnel will be on hand to accept the medications and properly dispose of them. All medications will be accepted no questions asked. But we do ask that drug reps, pharmacists, and clinics refrain from dropping excess inventory at the event.

Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the


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