Lincoln Police offering drug takeback on October 22

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LINCOLN – The Lincoln Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are teaming up to give the public another opportunity to turn in expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

This is the 12th opportunity in six years for the public to help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Prescription drugs can be especially dangerous if they are expired.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

Overall, at its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds – about 3,200 tons – of pills.

This next Take Back event will take place at the Logan County Safety Complex on Pekin Street in Lincoln. From 10 AM to 2 PM, residents can bring their pills for disposal. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. Disposal is free of charge and completely anonymous.

This initiative addresses this ever present public safety and public health issue.

Medicines that remain in homes when they no longer have a use are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are high, and this high number leads to a number of accidental poisonings and overdoses.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Additionally, flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them in trash are just as much of a safety and health hazard.

More information about the disposal of prescription drugs and the October 22 event can be found here.

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