Kearney, Neb. – On October 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Buffalo County Sheriff’s office, in partnership with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), is hosting a prescription takeback event. Bring your medications for disposal to CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital at the north parking lot “M”. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The event is put on in partnership with the Kearney Police Department, CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney/Holdrege Elks Lodge #984, and Positive Pressure powered by Buffalo County Community Partners.
“What people fail to realize, or may not even know, is that a majority of abused prescription medications are obtained from family and friends. In far too many cases, someone looking for prescription drugs to abuse or sell will get them from the home of a relative or friend who might never miss them. That’s just one of the reasons it’s so important to dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired medications,” said Nicki Bohl, Director of Pharmacy Good Samaritan Hospital.
The Positive Pressure coalition with community partners are committed to making our communities safer and healthier by reducing overdoses and overdose deaths. The community is doing its part to turn in unneeded medications and remove them from potential harm. Last year during Prescription Takeback, people in Buffalo County brought in a total of 423.8 pounds of prescriptions.
If community members cannot attend, there are Pharmacies that support prescription disposal year long. Pharmacies that accept old medication for disposal are: Hy-Vee, Family Pharmacy, Walgreens, Family Fresh, Haeberle’s Valley (Kearney Clinic), Medicap, ABC Drug, CVS (Target), Svanda (Ravenna), and Lambert’s Family Pharmacy (Gibbon).
“The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. You can do your part in battling the opioid epidemic and drug overdoses by clearing your medicine cabinets of unwanted, unused, or expired medications and properly disposing of them anonymously at supervised safe sites across the country. This is a small reminder for every household that small acts can make a major difference in our community,” said Bohl.
This project is partly funded by SAMHSA State Targeted Response to Opioids Grant through Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Region 3 Behavioral Health Services.
Positive Pressure is powered by Buffalo County Community Partners is a non-profit organization that seeks to assess, strengthen, and promote the health of Buffalo County through the development of a 2030 Vision for health. Community Partners facilitates community conversations informed by data to Build a Healthier Community. For more information, see bcchp.org.
Source: Nebraska Regional News