At a ceremony at the Nebraska State Capitol on Aug. 7, Gov. Pete Ricketts declared Aug. 26-Sept. 1 Nebraska Drug Overdose Awareness Week.

The Nebraska MEDS Initiative works with 320 pharmacies across Nebraska to take back medications free of charge, no questions asked.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. More than 15,000 people die each year from overdoses of prescription medications.

Unused medications can fall into the wrong hands, leading to accidental poisoning or misuse, making it vital to safely and properly dispose of medications.