Disposal of unused medications tops 1,500 pounds at Premier Health hospitals

DAYTON – More than 1,500 pounds of unused medications have been securely disposed of in receptacles at Premier Health hospitals since the units were installed last year.

As part of its ongoing effort to combat opioid addiction, Premier Health received support for the receptacles from PNC to assist the community in safely disposing of unused medications at several sites across the Miami Valley. The receptacles are open to the public at all times. They are not part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 26.

More than 70 percent of people using opioids for non-medical reasons get them from family and friends, according to the American Medical Association. The diversion of these medications for inappropriate purposes underscores the importance of their safe handling and disposal.

Premier Health distributed the funds to the hospital foundations for use for this program. The receptacles are available at the following locations:

• Atrium Medical Center: Front lobby beside gift shop

• Miami Valley Hospital: Beside the Apple Street elevators (first floor)

• Miami Valley Hospital South: Bed tower lobby outside maternity center entrance

• Miami Valley Hospital North: Lobby beside retail pharmacy

• Upper Valley Medical Center: At the foot of the main staircase in the hospital lobby

Those disposing of unused medications are encouraged to place them in plastic baggies instead of bottles. It is not appropriate to use the receptacles to dispose of needles, syringes, aerosolized cans, inhalers, thermometers, lotions or liquids.

Unused medications will be incinerated and will not be taken to a landfill.

For more information on local efforts to combat opioid addiction, go to opioidassist.com.