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UPhA Announces Convenient Drug Takeback Program for Leftover Household Medications

Thursday, May 17, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Midvale, Utah – The Utah Pharmacy Association has announced it has established a convenient medication takeback program for members of the association allowing for easy disposal of leftover, unused and out-of-date prescription and over-the counter medications for pharmacy patients.
 
Unused medications in the home are a source of drug abuse in millions of homes, with the opioid crisis in the United States fueled in part by that availability: More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, including raiding the family medicine cabinet. Overall, 22,000 people die each year from misuse of prescription drugs.
 
“We want to provide the people in the Utah community with the safe, secure opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets and make their homes and communities safer,” said Jeff Gatzemeier, Owner of Oquirrh Mountain Pharmacy and the current President of the Utah Pharmacy Association  “We want to remind people that they should not flush drugs down the toilet. Traces of drugs can appear in community drinking water. The drug disposal units through this program, which will be easily accessible in the pharmacies of participating members, is a great answer to that problem and it’s simple to do. All they do is just come in, look for the big green receptacle and drop it in the receptacle. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.”
 
The Utah Pharmacy Association partnered with Inmar to manage this drug takeback program. The company has a long history as the industry leader in handling prescription and over-the-counter drug returns safely, securely and discreetly for major and regional chain drug stores as well as independent pharmacies and hospitals across the U.S.
 
If you would like to participate in this program, including discounts for members of UPhA, please contact Darrin Jones at Inmar Healthcare for details.
 
Darrin Jones
Inmar Healthcare
385.335.2180
darrin.jones@inmar.com
 
If you have additional questions about this press release, please contact the UPhA offices at upha@upha.com.
 

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