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Parkview will host medication collection day

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019

Spring cleaning season is here. It’s time to dig into closets, garage, pantry, and yes, even your medicine cabinet. Medications that are expired or not needed shouldn’t sit around your household.

So what to do? The best choice is to drop off unwanted medications at a local disposal event, or at a permanent drop-off location.

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Parkview Huntington Hospital will host a Prescription Drug Take-back Day in conjunction with the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency and the Indiana State Board of Pharmacy.

“We are happy to be able to provide community residents with a safe, responsible and convenient way to dispose of their medications that are expired or no longer needed,” said Bryan Hall, pharmacy manager, Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH), who is coordinating the event. “Serving as a drop-off location is a way PHH can help prevent prescription medications from reaching our streets and schools, where they can be misused or abused. Encouraging the health and well-being of Huntington County residents is central to our mission, so this type of safety-oriented event is a natural for us, as it is for the Sheriff’s Department.”

On April 27, representatives of the state pharmacy board will join Sheriff’s Department officers and PHH pharmacy team members at the hospital to collect discarded medications for later destruction. A drive-thru drop-off point will be located in the Emergency Department (ED) parking lot. A tent will mark the location not far from the ED entrance. Drop off unneeded and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications in tablet, capsule, gel tab or other solid dosage form. All medications should be in their original bottles or packages. Illegal drugs, drugs in liquid form, and needles/sharps will not be accepted.

Tips for disposal – Liquids
While no liquids will be accepted at this event, here are some tips for safely disposing of them: Add kitty litter, flour or sawdust to the original container. Remove labels from prescription bottles or completely obscure all patient information with dark permanent ink. Secure all containers with their lids on tightly and put them in a sealed, heavy-duty bag to keep medications from leaking. Put the sealed bag in your trash so that it is not visible, to avoid unintended use or accidental contact.

Tips for disposal – Sharps
It is especially important to dispose of used sharps properly. While sharps will NOT be accepted at this event, here are some tips for diabetics and others on appropriate disposal measures for sharps: Any used sharp should immediately be placed in a sharps disposal container made of puncture-resistant plastic with leak-resistant sides and bottom and a tight, puncture-resistant lid. A heavy-duty plastic household container, such as a thick-sided laundry detergent bottle, can be used to contain sharps if an FDA-approved container is not available. Once the sharps have been placed in the container, seal the lid firmly in place with duct tape to eliminate any chance that it will come open. After the sharps container is completely sealed and secured, place it in your trash can.

Year-round drop-off locations
In Huntington, unwanted meds can be dropped off year-round in the lobby of the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, inside the Cherry Street entrance of the Huntington City building (Market and Cherry streets), or at the Walgreens pharmacy. All town halls in the county should also have drop boxes.

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