Safely Dispose of Unwanted Medications on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
When unused medications find their way into the wrong hands, it can have dangerous and often tragic consequences. On Saturday, April 27, you can be one of thousands across the country who will clean out unwanted or expired medications and help assure that prescription drugs are properly disposed of. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), encourages citizens across the country to turn in those medications at predetermined, approved locations.
One of those locations is the CVS Pharmacy located on Liberty Street in Allentown, next to Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street.
“When patients leave unused medications, especially opioids, in a medicine cabinet, there is a risk that those medications might be misused or diverted, which is why we have worked to help increase access to and awareness of safe medication disposal options in the communities we serve,” said Tom Davis, R.Ph., Vice President of Professional Services for CVS Pharmacy. “Providing options for the proper disposal of unused medications is just one of the ways that CVS Health is working to help combat opioid misuse, as part of our commitment to helping build healthier communities across the country.”
To help make year-round disposal options more accessible, CVS Pharmacy has installed safe medication disposal units in more than 1,000 CVS Pharmacy locations across the country and has donated 950 additional units to community locations such as police departments. Together, these units have collected more than 324 metric tons, or 715,000 pounds, of unwanted medication that might otherwise have been diverted, misused or ended up in our water supplies.
CVS Health’s innovative community education program, Pharmacists Teach, connects CVS pharmacists to local communities to talk with students and parents about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs, using a curriculum developed with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The company has reached nearly 475,000 students and parents nationwide through the program.
Visit CVS Pharmacy at 1601 Liberty St. in Allentown, or other approved site, this Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to drop off your unwanted medications. The full list of approved sites is available at takebackday.dea.gov.
For more information on CVS Health’s opioid misuse prevention programs, including Pharmacists Teach, visit: https://cvshealth.com/thought-leadership/prescription-drug-abuse .