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Safe and Legal Medication Disposal

Why Should We Be Concerned?

If kept in the medicine cabinet, unused or expired medications can fall into the wrong hands and lead to accidental poisoning or illegal use. But you shouldn’t just toss or flush them—if disposed of improperly, they can harm the environment.

  • 38% of childhood poisonings involve a grand parents medication
  • Most people who abuse prescription drugs get them from FREE from a friend or relative.
  • 1 in 5 teens admits to abusing pain pills

Disposal sites across the Panhandle:

Box Butte

Safeway Pharmacy
3089 500 E Third St
Alliance, NE 69301
(308) 762-1258

Dave's Pharmacy
508 Niobrara Ave
Hemingford, NE 69348
(308) 487-5212

Safeway Pharmacy
1930 Illinois St
Sidney, NE 69162
(308) 254-4531

Western Drug Company
806 Illinois
Sidney, NE 69162
(308) 254-2032

Chadron Community Hospital & Health Services
825 Centennial Dr
Chadron, NE 69337
(308) 432-0244

Petersen Drug Petersen Drug
1310 302 Main St
Chadron, NE 69337
(308) 432-2400


Western Drug Company
650 2nd St
Chappell, NE 69129
(308) 874-2200

Campbell Drug
311 Main St
Oshkosh, NE 69154
(308) 772-3333

Bemis Drug Bemis Drug
129 S Chestnut St
Kimball, NE 69145
(308) 235-3936

Scotts Bluff
Nein Pharmacy
1012 Main St
Bridgeport, NE 69336
(308) 262-1070

Scotts Bluff Police Department
1801 Ave B
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
(308) 630-6261

2540 205 W 27th St
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
(308) 635-3296

Gering U-Save Pharmacy
1400 10th St
Gering, NE 69341
(308) 436-2181

Stockmen's Drug
116 N Main St
Gordon, NE 69343
(308) 282-1114

Disposal in Household Trash

If no medicine take-back programs or DEA-authorized collectors are available in your area, and there are no specific disposal instructions on the label, such
as flushing as described below, you can also follow these simple steps to dispose of most medicines in the household trash:

  1. Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds;
  2. Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag
  3. Throw the container in your household trash;
  4. Scratch out all personal information on the prescription label of your empty pill bottle or empty medicine packaging to make it unreadable, then dispose of the container.

Flushing of Certain Medicines 

A small number of medicines may be especially harmful and, in some cases, fatal with just one dose if they are used by someone other than the person for whom the medicine was prescribed. To prevent accidental exposure to, including ingestion of, these potentially dangerous medicines by children and others, including pets, it is recommended that these medicines be disposed of quickly through a medicine take-back program or by transferring them to a DEA-authorized collector. If these disposal options are not readily available, it is recommended that these medicines be flushed down the toilet as soon as they are no longer needed.