NORFOLK- The mission for Nebraska Drug Overdose Awareness Week is to raise awareness throughout the state about proper drug disposal and to help avoid prescription drug overdoses.
“Normal medications go in a box and controlled substances in a mailer. Once sealed, medications are sent off to a medical incinerator.” U-Save Pharmacist, Trevor Bertsch says, participants privacy is maintained and no one knows what you are taking.
Pharmacies apart of the MEDS initiative accept medications for disposal, giving consumers an easy and safe method of keeping medications from falling into the wrong hands.
Mayor Josh Moenning disposed of medications at U-Save Pharmacy on Wednesday. Moenning says he is very proud to recognize their leadership in the program.
Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nebraska Legislature fund The Nebraska MEDS initiative. The Nebraska Medication Education on Disposal Strategies Coalition educates Nebraskans about drug disposal and provides ways to dispose of them to better safeguard the environment and protect public health.
More than 330 pharmacies statewide are accepting unused medications free of charge, no questions asked.