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Prescription drug collection returns to Platte River Mall

Community Connections brings back prescription drug collection program after three month hiatus.
Community Connections brings back prescription drug collection program after three month hiatus.(Beatriz Reyna)
Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 4:42 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Community Connections is once again offering its prescription drug collection after a three month hiatus.

The program, which aims to safely dispose of any unused prescription drugs, is starting again after being put on hold when the community risk dial reached the severe level.

Even amid the pandemic, record numbers of prescriptions were being dropped off prior to the halt.

“We collected over 300 pounds of medications last year, if you can imagine, there is approximately 1,700 medication pills collected per pound, so that was an enormous amount that was collected in 2020 during a COVID year provided that we didn’t even have it for four months,” said substance abuse prevention system coordinator Traci Sawyer. “So the community has embraced this and it is definitely something that the community is fortunate to have in this community.”

The collections are held the third Saturday of every month at the Platte River Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. given the community risk dial stays out of the red. Needles or sharps are not allowed. Masks are required.

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