Why Should We Be Concerned?

If kept in the medicine cabinet, unused or expired medications can fall into the wrong hands and lead to accidental poisoning or illegal use. But you shouldn’t just toss or flush them—if disposed of improperly, they can harm the environment.

Accidental Poisoning
Leftover Meds Infographic
The Loss of a Loved One
38% of Child Poisonings Involve a Grandparent's Medication
1 in 5 Teens Admit Abusing Pain Pills

Pharmacies Give Options to Safely Dispose of Medication, Groundwater Press Release 11/17/2017

What should you do?

Don’t keep leftover medications—instead, learn how to get rid of them the right way. Don't flush leftover medications! Properly dispose of them by returning them to a participating pharmacy.  Or call 1-800-222-1222.

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About Nebraska MEDS

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.

Coalition Members

Groundwater Foundation
Lincoln Lancaster County Health Deparment
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Environmental Trust
Nebraska Medical Association Nebraska Pharmacists Association Nebraska Recycling Council Nebraska Regional Poison Center