Take Medications Back to a Nebraska MEDS Participating Pharmacy
Lincoln, NE (December 13, 2018) – There’s an important task to add to your holiday to do list – clean out your medicine cabinet and take back unwanted medications to a Nebraska MEDS pharmacy.
Holidays often involve houseguests. Help protect holiday guests by making sure medications don’t fall into the wrong hands and prevent accidental poisoning or drug misuse and abuse. As Hallie Zitek, Project Coordinator for the Nebraska Pharmacists Association points out, “The majority of prescription medicine abusers get them from the medicine cabinet of a friend or relative.”
There’s a simple way for you to do your part this holiday season to prevent drug abuse and accidental poisoning, while protecting water supplies – take back your unused, expired, or leftover medications to one of the over 330 pharmacies across Nebraska participating in the Nebraska MEDS initiative. Find one at www.leftovermeds.com.
“These pharmacies will take back medications free of charge, any time, for safe disposal,” says Zitek.
When flushed, put down the drain, or thrown in the trash, over-the-counter and prescription medications can contaminate water supplies. Most water treatment facilities do not have the capacity to remove these emerging contaminants.
During the holidays and throughout the year, every day is take-back day in Nebraska! To find a participating pharmacy near you, visit www.leftovermeds.com or call the Nebraska Regional Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.
The Nebraska MEDS initiative is funded by the Nebraska Legislature. The Nebraska Medication Education on Disposal Strategies (MEDS) Coalition educates Nebraskans about drug disposal and provides safe ways to dispose of them to better safeguard the environment and protect public health. The Coalition includes the Nebraska Pharmacists Association, Groundwater Foundation, Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department, Lincoln Police Department, Coalition Rx, Lincoln Public School Nurses, LiveWise Coalition, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Nebraska Medical Association, AARP of Nebraska, Nebraska Pharmacy Foundation, Nebraska Regional Poison Center, Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County, KETV, Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, and Nebraska State Patrol.