PROTECT KIDS THIS SUMMER - TAKE BACK OLD MEDICATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Hallie Schimenti, Nebraska Pharmacists Association, 402-420-1500; Joan McVoy, Nebraska Regional Poison Center, 800-222-1222; Jennifer Wemhoff, The Groundwater Foundation, 402-434-2740       


LINCOLN, NE (June 27, 2017) – It’s what kids have been waiting for – summer is here! 

Keep kids safe this summer. Take any unused or expired medications you have in your home back to a pharmacy participating in the Nebraska MEDS Initiative for proper disposal. Over 300 pharmacies across Nebraska will take back your medications free of charge and no questions asked. Find a participating pharmacy at www.nebraskameds.org. 

Every year, more than 70,000 children under the age of 18 end up in the emergency room due to accidental poisoning caused by prescription drug misuse – that’s one child every eight minutes. To keep medications from falling into the wrong hands, ensure all medications are safely and securely stored in your home and periodically check your medicine cabinet for expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. 

Over-the-counter and prescription medications can contaminate waterways – rivers, lakes, and groundwater – when flushed, put down the drain, or thrown in the trash. Most water treatment facilities do not have the capacity to remove these compounds. Instead of flushing or trashing those old medications, take them to a Nebraska MEDS Initiative pharmacy. Find a participating pharmacy near you at www.nebraskameds.org or call the Nebraska Regional Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. These pharmacies accept medications for proper disposal, giving consumers an easy and safe method of keeping medications out of the environment and from falling into the wrong hands. Every day is take-back day in Nebraska! Since August 2012, over 40,000 pounds of medication have been collected by Nebraska pharmacies for safe disposal as part of Nebraska MEDS.  

The Nebraska MEDS initiative is funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nebraska Legislature. The Nebraska Medication Education on Disposal Strategies (MEDS) Coalition educates Nebraskans about drug disposal and provide safe ways to dispose of them in order to better safeguard the environment and protect public health. The Coalition includes the Nebraska Pharmacists Association, Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, Nebraska Regional Poison Center, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, WasteCap Nebraska, and The Groundwater Foundation.  

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