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March 20-26 is a Great Time to Do Your Part to Prevent Accidental Poisoning


Contact: Kristen Anderson, MEDS Project Coordinator, 402-420-1500; Marcia Mueting, Nebraska Pharmacists Association, 402-420-1500; Cindy Kreifels, The Groundwater Foundation, 402-434-2740; Joan McVoy, Nebraska Regional Poison Center, 800-222-1222; Willa DiCostanzo, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 402-480-1956

LINCOLN, NE (March 18, 2016) – March 20-26 is National Poison Prevention Week and a great time to utilize the Nebraska MEDS statewide pharmaceutical takeback project to do your part to prevent accidental poisoning.  There are 290 pharmacies across the state that can take back your leftover, expired, and unused medications for proper disposal.  Find a pharmacy near you at

Every year, more than 70,000 children under the age of 18 end up in the emergency room with accidental poisoning caused by prescription drug misuse – that’s one child every eight minutes.  Here are a few simple steps you can take this week, and all year, to help keep these medications from falling into the wrong hands:

  • Ensure your medications are safely stored in your home.
  • Periodically check your medicine cabinet for expired prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Don’t flush or trash leftover medications, they can contaminate our soil and water resources.  Instead, take back your unwanted or expired medications to a pharmacy participating in the Nebraska MEDS project – find pharmacies at

Since the MEDS project began in August 2012, over 19,500 pounds of pharmaceuticals have been collected across the state and disposed of safely.  Let’s continue to protect public health and our environment – take them back today!

This project is being offered to the state of Nebraska by a statewide coalition of partners and with funding from Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants Program and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

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



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