Prescription drug take back day this Saturday

Posted By: KLKN Newsroom

The public is invited to drop off leftover or unwanted medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

There are 11 locations in Lincoln and Lancaster County where citizens can safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs:

• Russ’s Market, 1550 S. Coddington Ave.

• Walgreens stores at 1404 Superior St., 2502 N. 48th St., 8300 Northern Lights Dr., 1701 South St., 2600 S. 48th St. and 4000 S. 70th St.

• Lincoln Neighborhood Pharmacy, 6811 “O” St.

• Hy-Vee grocery store, 5010 “O” St.

• Shopko, 6845 S. 27th St.

• Four Star Drug, 13851 Guildford St., in Waverly

Traditional methods for disposing unused medications like the toilet or trash pose threats to drinking

water supplies. Leftover medications also are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Studies

show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from

the home medicine cabinet.

The drug take-back event is a combined effort of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Lincoln Police

Department, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, School Community Intervention and Prevention

volunteers and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD).

If you are unable to attend this event and would like to learn more about what you can do to protect your

family and the environment from leftover medications, please contact LLCHD at 402-480-1956 or

The event is partially funded for a second consecutive year by a grant to LLCHD through the Nebraska

Environmental Trust for the “Nebraska MEDS Disposal Program – Protecting Nebraska’s Water &

People” project. The project focuses on creating strategies for the public to easily, safely and legally

dispose of their leftover medications.