The Take Back Days are also a huge help in providing education about prescription drug and opioid abuse.
Many pharmacy chains are leading the fight by installing safe medication disposal kiosks in their stores. They hope to help curb the misuse of medications, and give you a safe and easy way to dispose of unwanted (or unsafe) old prescriptions.
Which pharmacies have begun medication disposal initiatives?
- Walgreens. As part of a nationwide effort, Walgreens will be installing more than 500 safe medication disposal kiosks in their stores later this year.
- CVS. In 2013, CVS launched its Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. This program distributed drug collection bins to police departments to help their communities safely dispose of unwanted medications and controlled substances that could otherwise be diverted, abused, or contaminate the water supply.
- Rite-Aid and Safeway. At both chains, you can purchase pre-paid envelopes for unwanted medications.
- Many independent pharmacies also offer safe disposal programs—check with your local pharmacist for more information.
What drug disposal systems are available?
You may not need to be familiar with the system your pharmacy uses, but know that there are a few different companies out there offering this service: