Friday, February 22, 2013

In April, several local organizations will team up to give the public an opportunity to dispose of their unused and unwanted medications. The Drug Take-Back Event will help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding local homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Simply bring your medications for disposal to the lobby of Lexington Regional Health Center between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Teaming up for the Take Back are the Lexington Police Department, the City of Lexington, Keep Lexington Beautiful, Two Rivers Public Health Department, Lexington Regional Health Center, and the Nebraska State Patrol.

Medicines that sit, unused in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family, and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

A Lexington police officer will be at Lexington Regional Health Center to accept tablets, and capsules, and all other solid dosage forms. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted.

For more information, call Amanda Fischer-Penner at Lexington Regional Health Center, (308) 324-1650.