CHI Health Participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Events
April 23, 2019
CHI Health is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events across the state on April 27th.
CHI Health Omaha metro area pharmacies are open during regular Saturday hours for you to drop off your unused or unwanted prescriptions. For pharmacy locations visit CHIhealth.com/Pharmacy.
CHI Health St. Francis will once again partner with the Nebraska State Patrol, the Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions and the Grand Island Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition to serve as a collection site for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, in the St. Francis lobby.
In Kearney, CHI Health Good Samaritan, in partnership with the Buffalo County Sheriff Office, Elks USA, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Positive Pressure, is hosting a drive-up collection. Unwanted prescription medications can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, in parking lot M at Good Samaritan, 10 E. 31st St., Kearney.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to a recent national survey, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study showed that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
The DEA's bi-annual Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths as, too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. Last April, during the 15th national Take Back Day, 42 sites across Nebraska collected - safely and anonymously - a record total of 6,763 pounds of unwanted medications.
For more information: https://takebackday.dea.gov/