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Local pharmacy can now handle old drug take-backs

A customer talks with Medical Plaza Pharmacist Andy Null about the local pharmacy's new drug take back program

Photo by Kenny Carson

By Zack Steen

Daily Corinthian

Need to get rid of some old prescription drugs?

There is no need to wait until a special day as one local pharmacy can now handle drug take-backs any day.

Medical Plaza Pharmacy is now offering the LifeInCheck Drug Disposal Program "" a way to dispose of leftover, unused or out-of-date prescription and over-the-counter medication at their Alcorn Drive location.

Drugs could previously only be safely disposed during special DEA Drug Take Back Days held in conjunction of law enforcement and held in the community twice a year.

Pharmacist Andy Null is excited about Medical Plaza's new service.

"We have a lot of people who call us or stop by asking how to dispose of old medications, so it just made sense for us to offer this type of service," said Null. "It's also a way to help make the community safer, while helping reduce the risk of drugs in the home that can potentially harm children, teens and adults."

Unused medications in the home are a source of drug abuse in millions of homes, with opioid crisis in the United States fueled in part by that availability. More than 83 percent of opioid prescription medications taken by new users are obtained from a friend or relative. Overall, 192 Americans die every day from a drug overdose.

"We want to remind people that they should not flush drugs down the toilet, because traces of drugs can appear in community drinking water," said Null. "Our drug disposal unit, which is easily accessible in the pharmacy, is a great answer to that problem and it's simple to do. All folks need to do is come in, look for the big green receptacle and take it from there. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked."

Medications accepted in the receptacle are unused or expired prescription medication, including schedule II-V controlled substances, unused or expired over-the-counter medication and pet medication.

There are some things that aren't accepted like schedule I controlled substances, illegal drugs, thermometers, inhalers, lotions/liquids, aerosol cans, needles and hydrogen peroxide.

Null said people who have these types of items will receive help from employee with suggestions on how to dispose.

Medical Plaza partnered with Inmar to manage the drug take back 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, said Null.

Plans are to possibly add a take back receptacle at the Harper Road location, but before that happens Null wants to see how the response is at their flagship store near the hospital.

"It's not an easy task to get setup to offer this service. We had to make some changes and we have to abide by their regulations," he said. "We even had to bolt the take back box to our floor."

The pharmacy manager said drugs that are turned in will remain under lock and key before being sent to Inmar for complete disposal of the drugs.

(For more information, contact 662-286-6991.)