LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska is participating in a national effort to keep old and leftover prescription drugs off the streets and out of the hands of kids.
Attorney General Jon Bruning announced that take-back sites throughout the state will accept medications on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The annual event is intended to fight accidental poisonings and prescription drug abuse.
"Kids think it's safe because it's in a bottle that's got a prescription from a doctor on it. So they think it's safe and they don't understand exactly how much to take or what to take and they're taking it for recreational purposes," said Bruning.
Advocates say improper disposal can also contaminate groundwater.
Participating sites include Lincoln's Neighborhood Pharmacy, the Fremont Area Medical Center, Columbus Community Hospital, St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point, St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island and York General Hospital.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Bring your medications for disposal to the following sites near Lincoln:
Walgreens 8300 Northern Lights HyVee 5010 O Street
Walgreens 2502 N 48th Street ShopKo 6845 S 27th Street
Walgreens 1404 Superior Street Super Saver 233 N 48th Street
Walgreens 1701 South Street Russ’s Market 1550 S. Coddington
Walgreens 4000 S 70th Street Neighborhood Pharmacy 6811 O Street
Walgreens 2600 S 48th Street Four Star Drug 13851 Guildford Street, Waverly