Officials say more than 7,000 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs were collected in Nebraska alone during the national drug take-back event.
General Jon Bruning said Thursday that the unwanted, unused and expired
prescription drugs were dropped off at designated sites across the state Saturday.
About 215 pounds of pills were hauled away from Grand Island's Saint Francis Medical Center alone.
The event, headed by the Drug Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement officials, sought to give residents a way to dispose of unwanted medications in a safe manner.
medications are collected to help avoid abuse and illegal sales
throughout the state, as a national survey found around six million Americans abuse prescription drugs.
More than 35,000 pounds have been collected at
sites in Nebraska since the first national take-back event in May 2011.