DEA Formal Drug Take Back Day Is April 30

LINCOLN – Officials with the Department of Health and Human Services say a small act can make a big difference.

According to a release from DHHS, leftover or expired prescription drugs, especially those related to pain management, present risks for overdoses, poisoning and misuse.

Nebraska pharmacies and law enforcement agencies have an easy and anonymous solution as you can drop off used medications at your local pharmacy any day with the Nebraska MEDS program, or participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) twice-yearly, large-scale, no-questions-asked Take-Back Day events.

The DEA’s next formal Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 30.

The South Sioux City Police Department (701 West 29th Street) and HyVee (2501 Cornhusker Drive) in South Sioux City will be a DEA Take-Back location accepting medication between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.

But every day can be a take-back day in Nebraska. Many Nebraska pharmacies offer ways to dispose of unwanted medications every day that their doors are open. Additional locations can be found on the Nebraska MEDS Coalition’s website, Nebraska MEDS, of which Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is a partner, is a coalition of state and community partners dedicated to educating residents about the safe disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications. In addition to educational work, the coalition supports disposal programs that allow residents to dispose of unused and leftover medications.

Sites will accept prescription medication (be sure to remove identifying patient labeling); over-the-counter medication; creams, lotions, or ointments; liquid medication less than four ounces; pet medication, and all of the above in pill, tablet, and capsule form. The drug disposal program does not accept needles, syringes, or lancets; rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide; home-based care or medical equipment supplies; liquid medication greater than four ounces, or thermometers.

On May 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a takeback event at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, 6400 University Drive, North UNO Parking Lot E.

Nebraska Pharmacies and Health Centers with permanent drop boxes

Pharmacies not listed who would like to join the program should email or call the Nebraska Pharmacists Association at 402-420-1500.