The 95th Medical Group will team up the 95th Security Forces Squadron to give the public an opportunity to turn in expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 28. This service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue.
Medicines that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Studies have shown that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from the households of family and friends. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet – pose potential safety and health hazards.
Americans that participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Oct. 29, 2011, turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the three prior Take Back Days are combined, the DEA, and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of medication from circulation in the past 13 months.
Last year, Air Force pharmacies dispensed more than 15 million prescriptions. Due to changing health conditions, drug allergies or adverse drug reactions, our beneficiaries end up with an accumulation of partially-used prescriptions.
We will accept all prescription medications, medication samples, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements, medications for pets, medicated ointments and creams, inhalers, Epi-Pens and liquid medicine in their original containers. We will NOT accept needles, lancets, syringes, thermometers, aerosol cans, empty containers, personal care products such as shampoo, no bloody or infectious waste, no hydrogen peroxide and no illicit substances.
We ask that you leave the labels on the medications bottle for medication identification purpose but please mark out your name and personal information.