Saturday, April 06, 2013

Safely Dispose of Medications

Nice tip from a writer to the Sacramento Bee regarding disposal of unused medications. She is right that it would be nice to have more than one or two official take back days to get rid of unused prescription drugs.

I looked up the Dispose My Meds program she mentioned. Here's their web site. They have a Locator function so you can find participating businesses in your area. They list five places within 25 miles of Eureka:
  • United Indian Health Services Pharmacy in Arcata
  • The two Cloney's Pharmacy's In Eureka- one on Harrison and one on 5th Street
  • Greens Fortuna Pharmacy and
  • Palco Pharmacy in Scotia
I wonder if other pharmacies accept old and unused medications, too? I'll have to remember to ask at Rite Aid next time I go in.

Update 4/24/13: The wife just called the Cloney's pharmacy on Harris Street in Eureka and asked if they could dispose of some prescriptions she wasn't taking anymore. They said they don't do that. I'm guessing someone put their name on the list for "advertisement" purposes, or maybe new management took over and stopped doing it?


At 8:03 AM, Blogger Travis said...

don't you think it would be better if America just didn't overmedicated its self I mean if Americans are so desperate to find a place to get rid of their excess medication that should tell you something there are more overdoses on legal pharmaceuticals then there are on all street drugs combined each year if you combine pharmaceutical overdoses with malpractice and just plain old doctor errors that accounts for over two hundred and twenty-five thousand dead people a year yet you hardly hear a mention of that in the news and something tells me that accounts for a lot more than 22 dead children a year

At 3:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Henchman Of Justice" says,

Overmedication has various parts:

1) Doctors just throw the drugs at ya in more quantities than necessary.

2) Patients claim injuries worse than they really are just to get more drugs for times when they just want to get "high or dosed".

3) Medication doses effect a wider range of patients than needed. IOW, the number of doses Jill needs is different than what Jan needs. So, the prescription labeled minimum dose (pill count) is bumped-up to a minimum baseline number to effect a "wider range of patient needs". This means that some patients are "over-dosed" for their real needs, while others are properly "dosed" for their needs and others are "under-dosed" for their needs and go back for more "doses" that may either keep them under, at or again over what that patient actually needs.



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