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Drug Take-Back Event Planned for April 26

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Another prescription drug take-back day has been planned at various locations across the country for Saturday, April 26.

Locally, Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island will be accepting unused and unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the patient tower lobby, 2620 W, Faidley Ave.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The Drug Enforcement Administration wants to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by cleaning out the medicine cabinet.

The of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is extremely high with more Americans abusing prescription drugs than traditional drugs such as cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens like LSD, and inhalants combined, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

During the last drug take-back event in October, over 7,000 pounds of unwanted medication was turned in across Nebraska.

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said, "These take-back events highlight the problems related to prescription drug abuse and provide a unique and meaningful service to our citizens. While we continue to finalize a uniform system for prescription drug disposal, we will continue to sponsor these take-back opportunities and give Americans the opportunity to contribute to the solution."

Find a collection site near you on the DEA's website.

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