According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States. Reports state that 72% of patients who are prescribed opioids had leftover amounts, and more than 70% of those who abused prescription pain relievers got them from friends or relatives. Often times, those friends and relatives aren't even aware that they are supplying the medications. Poorly secured and maintained medicine cabinets and drawers become a supermarket of sorts to the inquisitive and the addicted.
That's a pretty bleak picture that was just painted, but there's hope. Properly keeping inventory of medicine locations, as well as properly securing said locations, is a must for any house that has children, frequent guests, or recovering addicts living within its walls. A large part of "keeping inventory" is knowing when and how to dispose of unused medications.
In order to assist you with this task, Whaley's Pharmacy, Inc. has partnered with ACT Missouri, the leading drug and alcohol abuse prevention organization in Missouri, to provide Deterra Drug Disposal System pouches for free with all non-recurring controlled medications! Obtaining the Deterra pouch is simple: just fill your prescription at any Whaley's Pharmacy location and the pharmacist will include a pouch in your medicine bag.
Using the pouch is just as simple. Tear off the seal, place unused medications (10 - 15 tablets) inside, carefully fill the pouch 1/2 full with warm tap water, wait 30 seconds, seal the pouch, then dispose in your normal trash. The contents will be deactivated and the pouch is biodegradable, so it won't stick around forever, nor will it contaminate water sources (like flushing medications does; NEVER flush medications in a sink or toilet).
For more information on larger medication disposal, please contact the Cole County Sheriff's Office.
For more information on drug and alcohol abuse prevention, please contact local ACT Missouri agency: the Council For Drug-Free Youth (CDFY).
For more information on Whaley's services, such as the Deterra Drug Disposal System, please visit any of our three Jefferson City Locations.