OMAHA, Neb., – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) collected nearly 469 tons of unwanted medication at the 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event, April 27, with a record-setting 6,398 sites hosted by more than 5,000 law enforcement partners.
In South Dakota, 1,634 pounds of potentially dangerous and unwanted drugs were discarded at 25 sites with assistance from 24 local, state, tribal and federal partners.
Ninety-eight American Indian and Alaskan Native community partners collected 2,529 pounds.
The DEA Omaha Division, which includes Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota and four counties in Illinois and Wisconsin, collected 32,713 pounds of medication on April 27.
“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is more than just a day for people to turn in unwanted, unused and expired medication,” DEA Omaha Division Diversion Program Manager William Stockmann said. “Take Back Day provides us with a time to remind our communities about the potential for misuse and abuse of prescription medication. It’s important for each of us to do our part in making sure that medications are properly safeguarded and eventually discarded, removing the temptation for misuse by family and friends.”
Individuals unable to attend the Take Back Day event can locate year-round, secure drop-off locations by visiting apps2.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main?execution=e1s1.
Year-round disposal sites within 50 miles of Eagle Butte are located at the PHS Indian Hospital n Eagle Butte on Airport Rd., at the Avera Gettysburg Hospital, 2427 166th Street in Gettysburg, and at Mobridge Family Pharmacy, 1317 10th Avenue in Mobridge, according to takebackday.dea.gov.
Or, to safely dispose of unwanted medication, remove medicine from its original container, mix it with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter, place the mixture into a sealable bag and then throw the contents into the trash.
For more information on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, including April 27 results, please visit, takebackday.dea.gov, or contact Omaha Division Public Affairs Specialist Emily Murray at 402-964-7950.
The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is set for Saturday, October 26.