NuCara Pharmacy, Nevada Police, YSS of Eastern Story County Board and Story County Prevention Policy Board are partnering to offer a Drug Drop-Off event this Saturday, April 29, to help bring attention to this issue and assist community members with ridding their homes of unused and outdated medications.
The Drug Drop-Off will be held at the NuCara Pharmacy in Nevada, located at 1002 Sixth St., from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. We will accept unused or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications such as pills, lotions, liquids, expired pet medications, vitamins and supplements. Unfortunately, we will not accept sharps such as needles, lancets, razor blades or thermometers to be destroyed.
Misuse and abuse of prescription medications remains a problem throughout the U.S. Prescription medications are among the most highly abused substances in America, with the exception of alcohol and marijuana, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). Approximately 15 million people, 12 years and older, used prescription medications in the past year in a manner other than prescribed for them by a doctor.
Whatever the reasoning, misuse and abuse of prescription medications remains a concern for our community members. The Drug Enforcement Agency states, youth who abuse medications often get these substances from their family, friends and even their family medicine cabinets. Should you not be able to participate in this Drug Drop-Off event, there are other ways you can safely dispose of your unused and expired medications. Talk with your pharmacist and ask if they participate in a TakeAway program. TakeAway programs are a great resource for community members that ensure medications are disposed of properly. Pharmacies that participate in a TakeAway program are able to accept unused and expired medications. When talking with your pharmacist about these programs, ask what they are able to accept before bringing in your medications. For other recommendations about how to safely dispose of your expired and unused medications, visit the DEA website at ttp://www.justice.gov/dea/index.shtml.