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April 21, 2021

 

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY BY KEEPING MEDICATIONS

OUT OF WATER SUPPLIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Take Medications Back to a Nebraska MEDS Participating Pharmacy

 

Lincoln, NE (April 21, 2021) – What is a great way to celebrate Earth Day tomorrow? Clean out your cabinets and collect all of your unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to take back to a pharmacy for safe disposal.

“It is important that consumers understand that medications should never be disposed of down a toilet or drain,” said Sarah Hunter, Project Coordinator for the Nebraska Pharmacists Association. “Most water treatment facilities don’t have the capacity to remove these emerging contaminants, making it important to prevent them from entering water supplies to protect our water resources and our environment.”

Consumers using septic systems for household wastewater disposal should be incredibly diligent about never flushing medications, as they can disrupt the system’s ability to treat wastewater and lead to groundwater contamination from the chemical compounds.

Pharmacies from across the state participate in the Nebraska MEDS Initiative and will take back prescription and over-the-counter medications free of charge, no questions asked. Pharmacists are happy to do their part to ensure that their patient’s medication remains out of Nebraska’s water supply and out of the wrong hands.

 

Find a participating pharmacy near you at leftovemeds.com.

Call 1-800-222-1222 for questions

 

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