To keep addictive prescription drugs off the streets and away from children, the Drug Enforcement Administration will be holding its 15th national Prescription Take-Back Day on Saturday at various drop-off locations, including in Nebraska and Iowa.
Many convenient, safe and secure drop-off locations can be found at takebackday.dea.gov. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous.
National Prescription Take-Back Day brings awareness to the risks of having old, expired prescriptions in their homes, which can be abused by family and friends.
“Nebraska is rallying to help the October Take-Back Day reach its goal of collecting more than a million pounds this weekend,” Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement. “We know Take-Back Day will continue to proactively address prescription abuse and misuse and reduce the avenues available for obtaining these drugs.”
Last April, people turned in 456 tons — or 912,305 pounds — of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA.
People can also call poison control and talk to nurses and pharmacists who can direct people to the nearest take-back site that is open year round.