With the Opioid Overdose Crisis being a serious public health problem, many companies and organizations are fighting hard to help prevent abuse of drugs including prescription medicine.
One such company that’s joining the cause is Meijer. The Midwest-based company recently announced it’s launching their new Consumer Drug Take-Back Program. Secure in-store kiosks will be installed in the pharmacy area in all 241 Meijer supercenters across the Midwest.
According to the DEA’s 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that most abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
“Meijer is thrilled to be one of the first in our industry to provide a secure and convenient prescription drug take-back program at all stores in the communities we serve,” said Jason
“The Meijer Drug Take-Back Program allows our customers to remove the risk of an unforeseen accident occurring with expired or unused medications while enabling them to properly
HOW IT WORKS
You’ll be able to use the kiosks during pharmacy hours to dispose of your unused, unwanted, or expired medications. This will include opioids, controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications.
Meijer pharmacists work in partnership with InMar Rx Returns to properly document, transport and dispose of medications on a regular basis. The Meijer Drug Take-Back Program complies with the rules and safety guidelines established by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and HIPAA privacy laws.
Be on the lookout for the new kiosks at your local Meijer. You can get more information about the program and other Meijer news by visiting www.meijer.com.
All photos are courtesy of Meijer
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