KEARNEY — The community disposed of 352 pounds of unused medication during the spring Prescription Takeback event April 27 hosted by the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office.

The medication was dropped off by 121 participants. A total of 14 boxes were sent to the Drug Enforcement Agency to be incinerated.

Positive Pressure, a coalition of Buffalo County Community Partners, CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital, the Kearney Police Department and the Kearney Elks Lodge No. 984, supported the sheriff’s office in hosting the event.

The event is funded in part by federal and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services funds.

The public can safely dispose of unwanted medications at any time at supermarkets and pharmacies in Kearney, Walgreens in Kearney, Svanda Pharmacy in Ravenna and Lambert’s Family Pharmacy in Gibbon.

Positive Pressure is a community coalition powered by Buffalo County Community Partners that seeks to create a healthy environment regarding the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Collecting and properly disposing of unused medication can reduce the misuse of dangerous substances. For more information visit BCCHP.org/Opioid.

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