KEARNEY — Earth Day is April 22. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications may contaminate rivers, lakes and groundwater when flushed, put down the drain or thrown in the trash.

Instead of flushing or trashing those old medications, take them to a Nebraska MEDS Initiative pharmacy. A complete list is provided below.

“It’s easy to simply toss old medications in the trash or flush them down the toilet without realizing the potential environmental impact,” said Jane Griffin, Groundwater Foundation executive director.

She said research from the U.S. Geological Survey detected traces of medications in streams and groundwater supplies, but “most water treatment facilities don’t have the capacity to remove these compounds.”

Consumers also may return old medication to designated sites on National Prescription Drug Take Back Days April 27 every year, “but there’s no need to hold on to them until then,” Griffin said.

Locations where medications are accepted every day include:

GIBBON

Lambert Family Pharmacy, 814 N. First St.

KEARNEY

ABC Drug and Gift, 2123 Central Ave.

CVS Pharmacy, 4800 Third Ave.

Family Fresh Market Pharmacy, 3120 Second Ave.

Good Samaritan Hospital Pharmacy, 10 E. 31st St..

Grand Central Apple Market Pharmacy, 7 W. 25th St.

Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 5212 Third Ave.

Medicap Pharmacy, 2706 Second Ave.

Walgreen’s, 2516 Second Ave.

Valley Pharmacy, 211 W. 33rd St.

HOLDREGE

Fulmer Pharmacy, 1317 Hill St.

Holdrege Pharmacy, 516 W. 14th Ave.

RAVENNA

Svanda Health Pharmacy, 314 Grand Ave.

Valley Pharmacy at 211 W. 33rd St.

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