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Drug Take Back


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.

Nebraska MEDS Coalition

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 13th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is set for April 29, 2017.  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 will be listed on the DEA website beginning April 1, 2017.

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.


These television PSA’s were developed to raise awareness of the problem of prescription painkiller abuse in the State of Nebraska.