KEARNEY — Over-the-counter and prescription medications can contaminate rivers, lakes and groundwater if they are flushed, put down the drain or thrown in the trash.

Most water treatment facilities do not have the technology to remove these compounds, according to a news release.

Unused medication left in medicine cabinets can be just as harmful. It can fall into the wrong hands, resulting in drug abuse or accidental poisoning.

Safely dispose of unused, expired or leftover medications at area pharmacies, below. They will collect medications for free, no questions asked.

ABC Drug, 2123 Central Ave.

CVS Pharmacy, 4800 Third Ave.

Family Fresh Market Pharmacy, 3920 Second Ave.

Good Samaritan Hospital Pharmacy, 10 E 31st St.

Haeberle’s Grand Central Pharmacy, 7 W. 25th St.

Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 5212 Third Ave.

Medicap Pharmacy, 2706 Second Ave.

U-Save Pharmacy at 3611 Second Ave.

Valley Pharmacy, 211 W. 33rd St.

Walgreens, 2516 Second Ave.

Find other participating pharmacies at www.leftovermeds.com or call the Nebraska Regional Poison Center at 800-222-1222.

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