On April 26 Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Pharmacy department and the Grinnell Police Department will offer the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
As part of a national campaign, GRMC and the Grinnell Police Department are partnering to help dispose of prescription pills safely and correctly. This community initiative hopes to make homes safer by preventing prescription medication abuse. It also helps prevent the consumption of expired or inappropriate drugs. Anyone may bring medications for safe, proper disposal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the Spring Street side of the Grinnell Public Safety Building, 1020 Spring St.
“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” says Lisa Hart, PharmD, GRMC pharmacist. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Our goal is to reduce the risk of drug misuse and protect the environment.”
GRMC’s pharmacy staff will give away a tote or cooler to individuals who dispose of medications at the Take Back event.
The medications that are brought in during this one-day national blitz will be incinerated. This is considered the safest manner to dispose of medications. The collection site will accept all medications – pill, powder, or liquid form. They cannot accept “sharps,” which are needles, syringes, and lancets.
GRMC will have a pharmacist available at the collection as well as Grinnell PD officer Fred Foreman. This program is free.