ML Drug disposal

What’s that big green box located in Grove City Medical Center’s lobby, you ask? It’s our new drug disposal receptacle, installed recently as part of our efforts to address the opioid crisis here in our community.

By removing medications from the home once they are no longer needed, the risk of opioid abuse is greatly decreased. National Drug Take-Back Days, which are held just two times each year, simply aren’t enough to address the problem. Director of Pharmacy Services Sara Kauffman, RPh, advocated for the drug disposal bin based on her experience with people from our community who often brought their unused medications to her in hopes of leaving them at the hospital for proper disposal.

“I couldn’t be happier that we now offer an easily accessible option for these folks,” Kauffman says. “This is a very important service to our community.”

Just the Facts

  • According to the National Institute on drug abuse, approximately 54 million Americans over the age of 12 have used prescription medications for non-medical reasons at least once in their lifetime.
  • Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for prescription drug abuse and 192 die from drug overdoses.
  • Improper disposal of unused drugs by flushing down the toilet lead to environmental contamination. Eighty percent of 139 streams across America sampled in 2000 contained at least one pharmaceutical.
  • Tests have detected minute concentrations of pharmaceuticals in the drinking water supplies of at least 46 million people in 24 major American metropolitan areas, an Associated Press investigation discovered.
  • Items accepted in the big green box:
    • - Unused or expired prescription medication, including Schedule 11-V controlled substances
    • - Unused or expired over-the-counter medication
    • - Pet medication
  • Items NOT accepted in the big green box:
    • - Illegal drugs
    • - Thermometers
    • - Inhalers
    • - Lotions/liquids
    • - Aerosol cans
    • - Needles (syringes are OK)
    • - Hydrogen peroxide