HOW & WHERE TO DISPOSE OF UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS AND OTHER DRUGS
Never Flush or Drain!
Unused or expired prescription medications should never be flushed or poured down the drain. These potentially dangerous pharmaceutical substances can contribute to contamination of our water supply if not disposed of properly.
How to Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Painkillers and Other Medications
In Nebraska, every day is prescription drug take-back day. Disposing of prescription drugs improperly by flushing them or tossing them in the garbage can harm the environment. There are safe ways to dispose of your unwanted or expired prescription drugs.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Days
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) holds a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day twice a year in the spring and fall. This spring, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is postponed until the health emergency is lifted. Both the spring and fall events provide an opportunity for the public who have accumulated prescription controlled substances to dispose of them in a safe, convenient and responsible way. Prescription controlled substances can be taken to pre-determined collection locations where authorized law enforcement officials will collect and facilitate the proper disposal of the drugs. Collection locations are listed on the DEA website.
Pharmacy Collection Sites
Many pharmacies will accept unused pharmaceuticals. Visit the Nebraska MEDS Coalition’s website to find a drug disposal site at a community pharmacy near you.