Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
The Lincoln Police Department will be participating in the nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day sponsored by The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The "Take-Back" initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.
LPD has partnered up with Walgreens Stores to provide four convenient locations for collection. There will also be School Community Intervention Program (SCIP) Volunteers on hand to provide information and resources.
LPD will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs for safe destruction. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The date of the collection will be Saturday September 25th, 2010 from 10 until 2 p.m. at the following four Walgreens Stores:
1301 O St.
5701 Village Dr. (40 & Old Cheney)
8300 Northern Lights St. (84 & Holdrege)
1404 Superior St.
Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov. This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, 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, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away- both potential safety and health hazards.
Over the recent years, prescription drug abuse has been a large concern for communities across the nation. DEA reports that: