DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TAKING BACK UNWANTED
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 AT WALGREENS (132nd
& Center) & Hy-Vee (180th & Pacific)
– On Saturday, September 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Douglas
County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and
the LiveWise Coalition will give the public an opportunity 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 132nd & Center
or Hy-Vee at 180th & Pacific. Tablets, capsules, patches, and
all other solid dosage forms will be collected. Intravenous solutions, injectables,
and syringes will not be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no
questions asked. We do ask that drug reps, pharmacists, and clinics refrain
from dropping excess inventory at the event.
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 number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due
to these drugs. Studies show that a
majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends,
including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now
advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing
them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety
and health hazards.
drug abuse is a huge problem and this is a great opportunity for folks around
the country to help reduce the threat,” DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg
said. "Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home
safe from drug theft and abuse.”
In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014,
4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of drugs were collected