OMAHA, Neb. – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to the DEA, there are more than 4,000 collection sites across the country, including 162 sites in the five states of the Omaha Division. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unnecessary medications. To locate a collection site, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.

“By removing the threat of unused prescription drugs from homes, we eliminate the risk of experimentation, abuse and potential overdose,” said Justin C. King, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Omaha Division. “We encourage families to use this day to get rid of unnecessary medication, but also to start the conversation with children about the dangers of taking medication that is not prescribed for them.”

According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the majority of people who abused a prescription drug got it from a family member or friend.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 106,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses in the 12 months ending November 2021, marking the highest number of never-recorded drug-related deaths, along with opioid-related deaths. deaths representing 75 percent of all overdose deaths.

For more than a decade, the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day has been helping Americans easily rid their homes of unneeded drugs — those that are old, unwanted, or no longer needed — that too often become a gateway to the dependency. Working closely with local law enforcement, Take Back Day has removed over 15 million pounds of medication from circulation since its inception. These efforts align directly with the DEA’s priority to combat the overdose epidemic in the United States.

On Saturday, April 30, the DEA and its law enforcement partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharp objects and illegal drugs will not be accepted. DEA will accept vaping devices and cartridges as long as the lithium batteries are removed.

Year-round containers are available at more than 13,000 pharmacies, hospitals, police departments and businesses. Additionally, with the passing of the Opioid DUMP Act in 2021, the public can now use drop boxes at Veterans Administration medical centers to dispose of prescription drugs containing controlled substances. Check with your local VA healthcare facility for more information. With over 13,000 drop-off locations open year-round in the United States, every day can be a day of recovery.