Omaha DEA removes over 13,000 pounds of unused prescription drugs

OMAHA, NE (Dakota News Now) – Five-state DEA Omaha Division communities demonstrated their continued support for the agency’s biannual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day by safely disposing of 13,643 pounds of unnecessary medication at nearly 150 collection sites in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Since its inception in 2010, the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Recovery Day has removed nearly 17 million pounds of unnecessary medication from communities across the country.

“Together with our law enforcement partners, we have safely removed and disposed of nearly seven tons of unnecessary prescription drugs from our Midwestern communities. Our hope is that with these drugs out of the home, the temptation to experiment with prescription drugs has also been removed. We encourage families to stay on top of what’s in their medicine cabinets and to safely dispose of anything no longer needed by dropping off medicines at authorized collection sites year-round.

The DEA continues to expand opportunities to make safe drug disposal more accessible nationwide. The DEA is pleased to report that it has registered a record number of authorized collectors – pharmacies and medical facilities – to collect unused and unwanted prescription drugs throughout the year. Since April 2017, the DEA has increased the number of licensed collectors from over 2,200 to 15,000. A list of permanent drug drop boxes located in communities across the country can be found here.

Safe Medication Disposal Receptacles and DEA Take Back Events provide families with easy, free opportunities to dispose of unnecessary medications stored at home that may be susceptible to misuse and theft.

Nationwide, the DEA disposed of more than 647,000 pounds of drugs at nearly 5,000 collection sites across the country. Full results from the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day are available at

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