CCSO Participating In DEA Drug Take Back Initiative April 24 At The Ansley Fire Building

On April 24 from 10 AM to 2 PM, the Custer County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the DEA Take Back Initiative. You will be able to dispose of used prescribed or expired medicine at the Ansley Fire Building located at 522 Division Street Ansley, Nebraska 68814.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 83,544 Americans overdosing during the 12-month period ending July 1, 2020, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period. The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin prior to the COVID-19 health emergency but accelerated significantly during the first months of the pandemic.

The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at collection sites which will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations in order to maintain the safety of all participants and local law enforcement.

DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will NOT be accepted. DEA will continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges at its drop-off locations provided lithium batteries are removed.

Helping people dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs is just one way DEA is working to reduce addiction and stem overdose deaths.

Learn more about the event at deatakeback.com, or by calling 800-882-9539. If you have any questions contact Senior Deputy Lawrence Stump at 308-872-6418.

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