LINCOLN — Nebraskans have gotten rid of nearly 14,000 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted medications during three nationwide take-back events.
The latest Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, held April 28, produced the largest haul.
In total, 5,372 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at sites across the state, according to a release by Attorney General Jon Bruning and the Nebraska State Patrol.
The events allow people to clear out their medicine cabinets in a safe and environmentally friendly way.
“As is evidenced by the amount of drugs collected, the disposal of unwanted medications continues to be a concern among our citizens,” said Col. David Sankey, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.
Since 2000, more than half the nation's poisoning death victims between the ages of 15 and 19 years old overdosed on prescription drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is estimated that every day more than 2,500 teenagers use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.
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