Nebraskans are cleaning out their medicine cabinets and turning in unused drugs.
Attorney General Jon Bruning cites CDC statistics while encouraging Nebraskans to take part in the event. He said "Recent statistics show an alarming epidemic of prescription drug abuse, especially in older teens where overdose deaths more than tripled since 2000."
Bruning added "One way to keep your kids safe from experimenting with those potentially life-threatening drugs is to remove them from your home and dispose of them safely."
In Lincoln, Nebraska State Patrol investigator Don Pounds helped collect thousands of pills. Pounds says prescription drug abuse is a growing concern for NSP. and adds that the thousands of pills turned in on Saturday could save lives by preventing the drugs from getting into the wrong hands.
Dozens participated in the event held at Lincoln Neighborhood Pharmacy. Bridge to Better Living and Guardian Angel Home Care also took part, handing out literature to participants.
If you missed the event and still want to take part, Bruning says you can contact the Attorney General's office directly and they'll direct you to somewhere you can drop them off and let you know when the next event is.