ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association and Sharps Compliance said community pharmacies nationwide are ready for consumers to safely dispose of unused patient medications.
According to the NCPA and Sharps Compliance, there are nearly 1,500 pharmacies involved in their Dispose My Meds program, which launched in 2010. Many of the pharmacies are promoting their services in the Dispose My Meds campaign just in time for Earth Day this Sunday, April 22. At participating pharmacies, consumers may be able to dispose of unused medications with postage-paid envelopes or participate in onsite programs where pharmaceuticals are collected and disposed of properly.
"Safe and practical disposal programs make a real difference in addressing this growing public health concern," said Lonny Wilson, NCPA president and pharmacy owner in Oklahoma City. "I commend these pharmacies for stepping up for the good of their communities and their patients. And, hopefully, consumers will gain a greater appreciation of their local community pharmacy."