WEST BEND — Meijer announced
last week it is launching a new Consumer Drug Take-Back Program,
installing secure, in-store kiosks where customers can safely and
properly dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at no cost.
Customers can find the kiosks in the pharmacy area in all Meijer
supercenters across the Midwest.
“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 Beauch, vice
president of Meijer Pharmacy. “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 dispose of prescription drugs and reducing the possibility
of creating a public health hazard.” Customers can use the kiosks
during pharmacy hours to dispose of unused medications, including
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 the rules and
safety guidelines established by the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) and HIPAA privacy laws. The Meijer Consumer
Drug Take-Back Program supports a growing community need to have
access to a safe method for disposing unused medications. According
to the DEA’s 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2
million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study
shows most abused prescriptions were obtained from family and
friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.