Nearly 19,000 pounds of unneeded medications collected on Take Back Day

OMAHA, Neb. — April 30 was National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and the DEA Omaha Division dropped off a total of 18,729 pounds of unneeded medications at 176 collection sites.

The DEA has collected more than 720,000 pounds of medications at 5,144 collection sites nationally, and they, along with law enforcement partners, have collected nearly 16 million pounds of unneeded prescription medications since 2010.

“The success of our event wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of our state, local and tribal law enforcement partners,” said DEA Omaha Division Special Agent in Charge Justin King. “This spring, despite several rain showers across parts of our Division, we collected more than nine tons of medications. We’re grateful for the support of our communities and to everyone who dropped off medications. Together, we removed the temptation for misuse of unused prescription medications from quite a few households.”

Take Back Day events provide easy, no-cost opportunities to dispose of medicines stored in homes that are susceptible to abuse and theft. There are many permanent drug-drop boxes located in communities across the country, and they can be found here.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 107,000 people died in 2021 due to drug overdoses. With this estimate, that means someone dies of a drug overdose every five minutes in the United States.

The DEA Omaha Division includes five states, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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