Dozens of locations to participate in Drug Take Back on Saturday

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- A number of metro locations will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.

That's April 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at more that 6,000 sites nationwide, including 46 locations in Nebraska.

To date, 31 counties in Nebraska are planning to host drop-off locations where individuals can dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications. This service is free and anonymous, however DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or other sharp objects.

Every year, America is losing more than 70,000 people to drug overdose deaths. This is equivalent to approximately three NCAA College World Series sellout crowds at TD Ameritrade Park, or more than two-thirds the capacity of Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

In 2017, an estimated 3.2 million Americans age 12 or older reported misusing prescription pain relievers within the last month, making prescription opioids the second most abused drug after marijuana in the United States. The majority of prescription drug abusers say they get their drugs free from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet.

“In Nebraska, 523 people died of opioid overdose between 2014 and 2017,” DEA Omaha Division Special Agent in Charge Richard Salter Jr., said. “These were mothers, fathers, children, friends and neighbors in our communities who didn’t need to die. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a way in which members of our communities can do their part to prevent the next overdose death by cleaning out their cabinets and those of their loves ones and getting rid of unused, unwanted and expired medications that have the potential for abuse.”

Now in its ninth year, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative continues to remove high amounts of opioids and other medicines from homes, where they are vulnerable to misuse, theft or abuse by family members and visitors, including children and teens. Since the first National Prescription Drug Take Back Day held in 2010, DEA has collected nearly 11 million pounds of medications.

To locate a DEA Take Back site, visit DEATakeBack.com or call 1-800-882-9539.