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April 23, 2014
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Willa Tharnish, Health Department, 402-480-1956

Prescription Drug Take-Back Event Set for April 26

The public is invited to drop off leftover or unwanted medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. There are 11 locations in Lincoln and Lancaster County where citizens can safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs:

Traditional methods for disposing unused medications like the toilet or trash pose threats to drinking water supplies. Leftover medications also are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The drug take-back event is a combined effort of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Lincoln Police Department, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, School Community Intervention and Prevention volunteers and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD).

If you are unable to attend this event and would like to learn more about what you can do to protect your family and the environment from leftover medications, please contact LLCHD at 402-480-1956 or

The event is partially funded for a second consecutive year by a grant to LLCHD through the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the "Nebraska MEDS Disposal Program - Protecting Nebraska's Water & People" project. The project focuses on creating strategies for the public to easily, safely and legally dispose of their leftover medications.

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