Published On: Thu, Apr 20th, 2017

Medication disposal available at Osmond Pharmacy

OSMOND — Persons who have leftover, unused or expired medications in their medicine cabinet may safely dispose of them the right way at Osmond Pharmacy, 322 State Street in Osmond. The pharmacy will collect medications for free  – no questions asked.
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 technology to remove these compounds. Unused medication left in the medicine cabinet can be just as harmful. These medications can fall into the wrong hands – either resulting in drug abuse or accidental poisoning. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. A grandparent’s medication is involved in 38% of child poisoning cases.
Medication disposal is an easy and safe method of keeping medications out of the environment and from falling into the wrong hands. The Nebraska MEDS initiative offers a convenient way to do the right thing – with more than 300 pharmacies across the state accepting leftover medications for proper disposal.
Since August 2012, in excess of 40,000 pounds of medication have been collected by more than 300 Nebraska pharmacies for safe disposal. Be part of the solution and take back leftovers today. Find other participating pharmacies at www.nebraskameds.org or call the Nebraska Regional Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.
The Nebraska MEDS initiative is being offered to the state of Nebraska with funding from 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.