September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

According to the CDC, "Suicide
is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for more than 48,000 deaths in 2018, resulting in about one death every 11 minutes. Every year, many more people think about or attempt suicide than die by suicide. In 2018, 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide." 

 So what can you do during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and all year round to make sure medications aren't falling into the wrong hands?

  • Ensure your medications are securely stored in your home.
  • Periodically check your medicine cabinet for expired prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Don't flush or trash leftover medications. They can contaminate our soil and water resources.
  • Take back your leftover, expired, or unused medications to a pharmacy participating in the Nebraska MEDS project for disposal. There are around 300 pharmacies across the state accepting medications. Find a pharmacy near you at

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

July 2020 - 2,498 lbs
January - July 2020 - 16,547 lbs 
2016 - July 2020 - 128,286 lbs

Coalition Members

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