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.
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.