Pharmaceutical Takeback once again a big success

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The annual Pharmaceutical Takeback Day was another huge success with an estimated 3,000 pounds of expired and prescription drugs, narcotics and sharps received Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the east side of Main Street Market.

Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful Director Kathy Kropuenske says the 3,000 pounds was the largest amount ever collected by the local organization. The drugs are received by Clean Harbors Hazardous Waste for proper disposal.

The Scottsbluff event is one of the most successful in the country, providing a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription and over the counter drugs and narcotics while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The group also recycled over the counter and prescription boxes and bottles that did not have names on them.

Kropuenske thanked the efforts of her volunteers, which included Scottsbluff Police Captain Brian Wasson, Coop Marketing Director Susan Wiedeman and Pharmacy Manager Kay Heimbouch, and Scottsbluff Mayor Randy Meininger.

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