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Nebraska Medication Disposal Program

Unused or expired medication can fall into the wrong hands and lead to accidental poisoning or illegal use. Medications should not be flushed down the toilet or put in the trash. If disposed of improperly, medications can harm the environment. The ability to safely dispose of unused medications is an important strategy in the fight to reduce unnecessary opioids in circulation.

Nebraska MEDS is a coalition of state and community partners dedicated to educating patients about safe disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Nebraska MEDS has implemented educational efforts and supports a pharmacy-based medication disposal program utilizing the Sharps Compliance Takeaway Environmental Return System. Patients can take their unwanted to expired controlled or non-controlled medications to the participating pharmacists who will assist them with the disposal process.

To locate a participating pharmacy, you can access https://www.nebraskameds.org/ and click on Disposal Locations to search for a specific location. Medication Disposal Locations provides a complete list of all pharmacies participating. Every day is a take-back day when you return your unwanted, unneeded or expired medications to a participating pharmacy.