300 Pounds of Meds Collected to Make Drug Take-Back Day Successful

April 28, 2014 8:28 pm

What to do with those expired prescriptions or medications sitting in your medicine cabinet? Hundreds typically end up getting dumped down the drain or thrown away in the landfills, but at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Campus on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., staff collected more than 300 pounds of drugs from the community– that equates to 88,666 tablets. Now these will be out of the streams and landfills, and better yet, out of the medicine cabinets in our community.


Two pharmacists handle the more than 300 pounds of medications Mercy Health Saint Mary’s received during National Drug Take-Back Day.

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A line-up of “antique” medications collected on Saturday, April 26. The oldest medication at the event was from 1981!

National Drug Take-Back Day happens on April 26 all across the country.  At Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, thanks to a combined effort from Kasey Bucher, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist in the Emergency Department and Amy Calvert BSN, RN, EMT-P EMS and Injury Prevention Coordinator Emergency Department, this four-hour event received three times more medications than they did in 2013.

“The oldest medication we saw was from 1981,” said Amy Calvert, RN. “It’s so great to provide this event annually for our community.”

Pharmacists were on hand during the event to answer people’s questions and concerns about medications as an extra benefit.

Special thanks to the Grand Rapids Police Department for partnering with Mercy Health Saint Mary’s for this event.


Katie Halloran

Thanks for the additional facts, Kasey! The pharmacists are hard to see behind all those bottles!

Kasey Bucher

Thanks to our Pharmacists and Pharmacy Residents who came to help with the event! Pharmacy residents: Rachel Rehor, PharmD and Kayla Uganski, PharmD (pictured above) Pharmacists: Lisa Dumkow, PharmD, BCPS and Andrea Goodrich, PharmD, BCPS. Also, special thanks to our volunteer paramedic from AMR, Ryan Brandt, who helped with all drug take back activities.

Katie Halloran

Per Amy Calvert, people can drop off their prescriptions or any old medications to the Grand Rapids Police Department during their business hours. They have a bin in their lobby, open M-F.

Mary Lou Gooding

Is there a place to dispose of old drugs other than on April 26? Thank you. Mary Lou

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