What’s that big green container located near the switchboard? It’s our new drug disposal bin installed recently as part of our efforts to fight the opioid crisis here in our community. By removing medications from the home once they are no longer needed, the risk of opioid abuse in the home is greatly decreased. National Drug Take-Back Days, which are held just two times per year just aren’t enough to address the problem. Sara Kauffman, RPh advocated for the drug disposal bin, based on her experience with people who brought their unused medications to her, in hopes of leaving them at the hospital for proper disposal. “I’m happy that we now have an appropriate means of disposing of these unused medications,” said Kauffman.
Every day, 197 Americans die from a drug overdose and over 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for not using prescription opioids as directed. In addition, an estimated 54 million people in the United States over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in their lifetime.
This innovative receptacle, which is ADA and DEA compliant enables people to quickly and easily dispose of unnecessary prescription medications, while protecting the environment from unwanted drug residue in local water tables.