Imperial Drug Take-Back event Saturday, March 25

Thinking about flushing those leftover prescription drugs down the toilet? Tossing prescriptions drugs in the medicine cabinet into the trash? There is a safe alternative. 

The Imperial Police Department and Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department are working together to host a Drug Take-Back event on Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m.-noon at the front entrance of the police department.

“We get numerous questions on what to do with unused prescriptions,” explains Chad Ostmeyer, sergeant with the Imperial Police Department. “Folks are helping their parents move and finding bottles and packets of prescriptions. Others have changes in their prescription and are left with a challenge. We wanted to help solve this situation and we found a partner with Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department.”

“We will have an officer at the event and be responsible for the secure collection of the drugs,” explains Sergeant Ostmeyer. “We would appreciate no needles, sharps or liquids.”

The goal is to provide a safe, secure and environmentally responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. SWNPHD encourages residents of southwest Nebraska to take advantage of this opportunity and to not flush old meds down the toilet or throw them in the trash. 

“Plan to be in Imperial on Saturday, March 25, bring your old meds and you are on your way,” encourages Denise Garey, SWNPHD public information officer. “No paperwork is needed to drop off your meds. Drive up at 637 Broadway and drop off on the 25th.”

For more information on Drug Take-Back Day call the police department at 308-882-4400 or email: chado@imperial-ne.com or SWNPHD at 308-345-4223 or email: educate@swhealth.ne.gov

SWNPHD Imperial office is 501 Broadway – 5th Street entrance or call 308-882-4269. Follow on Facebook.com/swnphd and Twitter@swpublichealth

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