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
The Loss of a Loved One
38% of Child Poisonings Involve a Grandparent's Medication
1 in 5 Teens Admit Abusing Pain Pills
Environmental Concerns

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.

Pounds Collected

December 2019 - 2,513 lbs
January - December 2019 - 34,266 lbs
Years 2016 - 2019 - 111,739 lbs

Coalition Members

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