Medication take-back provides safe drug disposal
Substance abuse and accidental overdose from prescription pain medications have reached alarming levels. A 2010 national survey on drug use and health showed that 12.4 million people used prescription pain relievers without a medical need.
The widespread abuse of prescription pain medicine has been described as “the worst public health drug crisis in decades” by The New York Times in 2016.
Removing unneeded prescription pain medicines from the home is known to reduce the risk for substance abuse and accidental poisoning. The 2010 national survey shows that 70 percent of people abusing pain drugs get their medications from family members and friends.
Safe medicine disposal
Having a place to responsibly dispose of unwanted or expired medications is an effective and simple way to reduce risk of pain medicine abuse. Legacy Mount Hood Pharmacy Services now offers Medication Take-Back, a free service that provides a safe, reliable and environmentally responsible way for people to dispose of their expired and unused medications, including controlled substances.
Unwanted medications can be brought for safe disposal to the Outpatient Pharmacy at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, 24800 S.E. Stark Street in Gresham. A secure blue medication drop box is located by the Outpatient Pharmacy on the main level near the hospital entry. The box is available 24/7 for drug disposal.
Legacy partnered with the Oregon Coalition for the Responsible Use of Meds to create this much needed take-back site in East Multnomah County. To further Legacy’s mission of good health for our community, the pharmacy team sought to become an authorized collector of unused, expired and unwanted medications. “It’s important to be a resource for our East County community and to be part of a solution of removing unneeded medications and reducing the risks of substance abuse and overdose,” said Eric Schnebly, pharmacy director at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center.
Locations for safe medication disposal in Oregon can be found at Oregon Coalition for Responsible Use of Meds at www.orcrm.oregonpainguidance.org
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