This past Saturday, April 29, CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office hosted the annual Prescription Takeback event. The event was designed for people to drop off their unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medication. It was extremely successful in collecting 565 pounds of medications.

Volunteers from left to right: Fred Stuart, CHI Pharmacy; Doug Lund, Elks Member; and Bill Sebree, Elks Member. The volunteers collected 565 lbs. of prescriptions, the most ever collected in Buffalo County!

We are so thankful for all the volunteers Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo County Community Partners, Two Rivers Public Health Department, CHI Health Good Samaritan, and Kearney/Holdrege Elks Lodge #984. Two thirds of teens in the Buffalo County area, that use drugs, say that they get their drugs from friends or family without their knowing. Prescription drug overdose is the top cause of accidental deaths in the US, surpassing car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Be part of the solution and dispose of your unused or unwanted medicine throughout the year.

There are multiple places that offer year-round prescription takeback, so you don’t have to wait all year to get those unwanted medications out of your home. These place in the Buffalo County area offer safe disposal of medications year round:

  • Hy-Vee, Kearney
  • Valley, Kearney
  • Haberle’s, Kearney
  • Walgreens, Kearney
  • Medicap, Kearney
  • ABC Drug, Kearney
  • Svanda, Ravenna

Parents, take a stand and dispose of all your old prescription drugs and take the time to talk to you kids about the severity of prescription drug abuse.

Follow these FDA approved instructions for safe at home disposal as well.