National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: October 28, 2017

National Pharmacy Week: October 15-21, 2017

On Saturday, October 28, 2017 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. Click on this link for more information:

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.

Misuse of narcotic opioids has become a national concern which requires our immediate attention. We need your help! Here’s what you can do…….

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

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

TOILET/DRAIN
Some medications can be flushed down the toilet, such as fentanyl (Duragesic) patches because they could be fatal if consumed or mishandled. Fold the fentanyl patch in half with the sticky parts together, then flush it down the toilet. Then wash your hands afterwards so that you do not expose loved ones to any residual fentanyl from the unwanted patch when you are coming in contact with others.

For you environmentalists, please know that the 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 on proper medication disposal.

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 and containers.

MORE INFORMATION
Call the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539 for more information on proper medication disposal instructions in local ‘drop boxes’ as well as information on 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 . Thank you for doing your part in keeping our communities safe from unwanted prescription medications!

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