Nebraska lawmaker looks to partner with Iowa’s prescription drug dona...

LINCOLN, Nebraska — One Nebraska lawmaker’s efforts to increase recycling have led her to explore an Iowa program to donate and reuse prescription drugs and tackle rising medication costs.

Freshman State Sen. Jana Hughes of Seward is looking to join forces with Iowa nonprofit SafeNetRx, which collects, inspects and distributes non-expired and safe medications to patients at or below 200% of the federal poverty line.

Nebraska State Sen. Jana Hughes of Seward. (Photo by Zach Wendling/Courtesy of Nebraska News Service)

SafeNetRx receives donations from more than 200 facilities and individuals in all 50 states, including at least one Nebraska pharmacy in Gretna.

However, SafeNetRx distributes medicine only within Iowa, and Nebraska would need to change its laws to allow reciprocal distribution.

“The more options they have to get it back out the door, the better,” Hughes said

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