• By Cathy Rosenbaum PharmD MBA RPh CHC

12th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - October 22, 2016

On Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 am – 2 pm community healthcare providers and law enforcement officials around the country are teaming up to host National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

BACKGROUND Expired/unwanted prescription medications can pose significant health hazards to toddlers, teens, and family pets who could consume them by mistake or intentionally take/misuse them when they are readily available from family medicine cabinets.

In particular, misuse of narcotics has become a national concern which requires our immediate attention, especially in the Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky areas. We need your help! Here’s what you can do…….

TRASH Check with your pharmacist about throwing some medications in the trash after they are mixed with dirt, used coffee grounds, or kitty litter. Do not crush tablets or open capsules first prior to disposal. Place the mixtures in a plastic bag or tin can to prevent the medicine from leaking in the garbage. Then throw the bags in the trash.

When you dispose of unwanted empty prescription bottles, be certain you mark out identifying personal information.

TOILET Some medications should be flushed down the toilet such as the fentanyl (Duragesic) patch because they could be fatal if consumed. FDA has stated that accidental exposure to fentanyl and other medications when flushed down the toilet outweighs the environmental risk. Again, please check with your pharmacist.

INHALER DISPOSAL Inhalers and aerosolized medications have handling instructions on the canisters. Please contact your local trash/recycling facilities to learn about local laws regarding proper disposal of these products.

MORE INFORMATION Please click on the link below or call the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539 for more information on proper disposal instructions in drop boxes as well as their locations (e.g., law enforcement and selected pharmacies). You may also refer to the guidelines on How to Dispose of Unused Medications found on www.fda.gov . Be safe and be well. Thank you.


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