On Saturday April 28th Barnesville Hospital and Morristown Pharmacy will participate in the National Drug Enforcement Administration’s Prescription Take Back Day. Barnesville Hospital will accept unwanted medications from 8-10 AM in the hospital lobby and Morristown Pharmacy will accept medications from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM in the pharmacy parking lot.
Funding from the JB Green Team made this event possible. The JB Green Team has set goals for waste reduction, recycling, and reducing reliance on land filling waste generated within Belmont and Jefferson counties. The Prescription Take Back Day assists to keep drugs out of our landfills and out of our water supply.
“The JB Green Team’s ongoing support contributes directly to the success of our Prescription Take Back Program,” said Joe Jeffries, R.Ph., Pharmacy Director, Barnesville Hospital. “Barnesville Hospital and Morristown Pharmacy are committed to keeping our communities safe by helping area residents dispose of medications they no longer need.”
Area residents are encouraged to bring unwanted and expired medications to this event for safe disposal. To ensure patient confidentiality cross out the patient’s name on prescription drug labels, however if possible leave the name of the medication visible.
Across the country there are increasing concerns over prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications being found in public water systems. Drugs collected at the event are destroyed by officials in an incinerator. Burning the drugs is better for the environment than flushing drugs down the drain or placing them in our landfills.
The event will accept over-the-counter medications as well as prescription drugs and even pet medicines. Because the drugs are incinerated, asthma inhalers or drugs in canisters cannot be accepted. A pharmacist and an officer from the Bethesda Police Department will supervise the collection in order to accept expired controlled substances.
The Pharmaceutical Take Back Program is a great opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets, safeguard you home, and to preserve our environment for future generations. Everyone is welcome regardless of where medications were purchased. However, medications cannot be accepted from businesses such as nursing homes and doctors offices and sharps will not be accepted. For information call Barnesville Hospital’s pharmacy at 740-425-5108.