UC Serves as Collection Site for National Drug Take Back Day
West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute and UC School of Pharmacy will serve as a collection site for National Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to drop off expired or unused prescription drugs at the UC School of Pharmacy during the event.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing expired and unused prescription drugs. The event also serves to educate the general public about the potential for prescription drug misuse and medication safety. Any medications may be dropped off with NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Community members are encouraged to drop off any unused, unwanted or expired prescriptions or over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The only items we cannot accept are liquids, syringes, and illegal drugs.
“The Drug Take-Back event is important to the community for so many reasons,” explained Dr. Susan Bissett, president of the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute at UC. “It will allow those in the community to safely dispose of unused, expired, and potentially addictive medications. Over 70% of teens who misuse prescription medications obtain them from a friend, relative, or from the medicine cabinet. Getting unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications out of the home can protect teens and others from misuse and harm.”
UC pharmacy students and faculty will also assist with a health fair at the Drug Emporium in Kanawha City and a Drug Take Back at the Drug Emporium near Patrick Street. The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute’s Rex™ the Rx will also be traveling to Drug Take Back locations throughout Charleston to educate children and families about safe medication use. The WV DII will also be providing a small number of Medication Disposal Systems community members can take home to dispose of medications in the future. These systems (or bags) are especially helpful for those taking care of relatives with long-term chronic or terminal illness.