OMAHA, Neb. -- Communities across the DEA Omaha Division, which consists of five states, showed their continued support for the agency’s bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The Division did this by safely disposing of 13,643 lbs. of unneeded medications at nearly 150 collection sites in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Nationally, the DEA disposed of more than 647,000 lbs. of medications at nearly 5,000 collection sites across the country.

Since its inception in 2010, DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has removed almost 17 million pounds of unneeded medications from communities across the country.

“Together with our law enforcement partners, we removed and safely disposed of nearly seven tons of unneeded prescription medications from our Midwestern communities,” DEA Omaha Division Special Agent in Charge Justin C. King said. “Our hope is that with those medications out of the house, the temptation for experimentation of prescription medications has also been removed. We encourage families to stay on top of what’s in their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of anything that is no longer needed by dropping medications off at authorized year-round collection sites.”

DEA continues to expand opportunities to make safe disposal of medications more accessible nationwide. DEA announced it has registered a record number of authorized collectors – pharmacies and medical facilities – to collect unused and unwanted prescription drugs year-round.