Kearney, Neb.— During the Fall Prescription Takeback event, hosted by the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, the community disposed of 337 pounds of un-used medication. Thank you to all community members who participated this year.
Nationally, prescription drugs are the second most abused category of drugs after marijuana, with one in five young adults reporting that they have abused a prescription drug. Most young adults report having gotten prescription drugs from friends or family without them knowing. In Buffalo County, 20% of high schoolers report that it is easy to get prescription drugs.
Community members can safely dispose of un-wanted medications at these locations anytime:
- Hy-Vee, Kearney
- Valley, Kearney
- Haberle’s, Kearney
- Walgreens, Kearney
- Medicap, Kearney
- ABC Drug, Kearney
- Svanda, Ravenna
Along with the Buffalo County Sherriff’s Office, Buffalo County Community Partners, CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital, Two Rivers Public Health Department and the Kearney Elks Lodge #984 made this event possible. It took place at Good Samaritan Hospital on Saturday, October 28th.
Positive Pressure is a community coalition powered by Buffalo County Community Partners that seeks to create a healthy environment for the Buffalo County community regarding the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The coalition helps put on two prescription takeback events each year.
Buffalo County Community Partners is a non-profit organization that seeks to assess, strengthen, and promote the health of Buffalo County through the promotion of the Buffalo County 2020 Vision. The 2020 Vision introduces five strategic directions and targets for attainment by the year 2020. For more information on how you can assist in building a healthier Buffalo County, visit bcchp.org.