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Thrifty Pharmacy in Oklahoma City, OK Launches Drug Take-Back Collection Kiosk

Tuesday, March 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2017
 
Contact:
Vivian Fuhrman, PSI - vivian@productstewardship.us - (617) 236-4771
Suzy Whalen, PSI - suzy@productstewardship.us - (617) 236-8293
Erin Hatfield, DEQ - erin.hatfield@deq.ok.gov - (405) 702-7119
 
Thrifty Pharmacy in Oklahoma City, OK Launches Drug Take-Back Collection Kiosk
Adds to Stillwater, Moore, Pawnee, and Oklahoma City pharmacies already collecting leftover medications through state drug take-back pilot program 

OklahomaToday, Thrifty Pharmacy joined four Oklahoma pharmacies collecting leftover household pharmaceuticals as part of a drug take-back pilot program. Designed and implemented by the Product Stewardship Institute and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), this program offers state residents convenient locations to dispose of their leftover medications -- just one part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce the public health and environmental impacts of unwanted pharmaceuticals.
 
"As a pharmacy owner, I recognized the significant need for convenient locations where local residents can safely dispose of their unwanted and expired medications," said Dani Lynch from Thrifty Pharmacy in Oklahoma City. "We're proud to join this drug take-back program, which allows us to provide a key service to our community while increasing awareness and customer loyalty at our store."
 
Over $1 billion in leftover drugs are thrown in the trash, flushed, or consigned to medicine cabinets each year across the country. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the U.S. Unfortunately, over 860 Oklahoma residents passed away due to drug overdoses in 2014. Drugs left in the home also put seniors, children, and pets at risk for accidental poisoning. When flushed or placed in the trash, over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs can contaminate our drinking water and harm aquatic species.
 
Sponsored by DEQ, the six-month pilot program uses pharmacy-based collection receptacles and public education to facilitate the proper disposal of leftover pharmaceuticals. The locked collection receptacles, acquired through Assured Waste Solutions, allow residents to dispose of both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription (Rx) drugs (schedule II-Vfor free, no questions asked.
 
"Thus far, residents have dropped off over 100 pounds of unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals thanks to this drug take-back pilot program," said DEQ's Land Protection Division Assistant Division Director, Fenton Rood. "Adding yet another pharmacy to our four existing locations will make dropping off leftover medications that much more convenient for Oklahoma residents."

"With the success we've seen at this point, like steady collection rates and high levels of pharmacy interest, this pilot program is shaping up to be a model for pharmacies across Oklahoma state and nationwide," said Vivian Fuhrman, senior associate for policy and programs at PSI.

Participating pharmacies include: 
  • Thrifty Pharmacy, 10904 N May Ave, Suite L, Oklahoma City, OK - (405) 751-2852
    • Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm; Sat 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Razooks Pharmacy, 1518 W 9th Ave, Stillwater, OK - (405) 377-4445
    • Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am - 7:00pm; Sat 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Moore Rx Pharmacy, 2018 S. I-35 Service Road, Moore, OK - (405) 735-5101
    • Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm; Sat 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Family Health Pharmacy, 10021 S. Western Ave, Oklahoma City - (405) 692-3370
    • Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am - 6:00pm
  • Pawnee Indian Health Center, 1201 Heritage Circle, Pawnee, OK - (918) 762-6557
    • Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm 
Learn more about PSI's work on pharmaceuticals on the PSI website, or contact Vivian Fuhrman at (617) 236-4771.  

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The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) is a national, membership-based nonprofit committed to reducing the health, safety, and environmental impacts of consumer products across their lifecycle with a strong focus on sustainable end-of-life management. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., PSI takes a unique product stewardship approach to solving waste management problems by encouraging product design changes and mediating stakeholder dialogues. With 47 state environmental agency members, along with hundreds of local government members from coast-to-coast, and 110 corporate, business, academic, non-U.S. government, and organizational partners, we work to design, implement, evaluate, strengthen, and promote both legislative and voluntary product stewardship initiatives across North America. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (OK DEQ):
The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is to enhance the quality of life in Oklahoma and protect the health of its citizens by protecting, preserving, and restoring the water, land, and air of the state, thus fostering a clean, attractive, healthy, prosperous and sustainable environment.


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