Saturday, April 28th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Unused or expired medications stored in the home can fall into the wrong hands and lead to accidental poisonings or abuse; a major public safety and public health issue. Medications that are improperly disposed of can harm wildlife, the environment, and people downstream. Never flush medications.
Luckily, there are several ways to properly dispose of any drugs, over the counter, prescription, or illegal:
Open year round, Nebraska Medicine has multiple dropboxes for proper disposal of any medications. Drop it in the box and walk away, no questions asked.
Nebraska MEDS is a coalition of state and community partners dedicated to educating patients about safe disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications. In addition to educational work, the coalition supports disposal programs that allow residents to dispose of unused and leftover medications. Click here for more information and year round collection sites.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hosts a drive twice a year to collect drugs. Visit this page to learn more about collections in your area.