Pharmaceuticals collection protects families and environment
Who: Marsh Pharmacies, MainStreet Market Pharmacies, and sponsors including the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
What: Marsh Spring 2014 “Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet” event
When: Friday, March 14, through Monday, March 17, 2014 (hours provided below)
Where: Indiana Marsh Pharmacy locations
On the Web: www.marsh.net/pharmacy/clean-out-your-medicine-cabinet
Hoosiers who have unwanted medicines are invited to drop them off at a nearby Marsh Pharmacy during this Spring’s “Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet” event. Pharmacists at all Marsh and MainStreet Market Pharmacy locations will be collecting and qualifying over the counter and prescription medications for free disposal on the following dates and times:
· Friday, March 14, 2014, from 9AM to 7PM
· Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 9AM to 5PM
· Sunday, March 16, 2014, from 11AM to 5PM
· Monday, March 17, 2014, from 9AM to 7PM
To locate a Marsh or MainStreet Market Pharmacy, visit www.marsh.net/pharmacy/pharmacy-locator.
To be accepted, all items must be fully identifiable and in the original containers. The name of the medication must be visible on the label; a black, permanent marker can be used to block out personal information, including name, address and Rx number. Sharps should be in a puncture-resistant rigid container (such as a laundry detergent bottle). These are the types of medicines that will be accepted:
· Pills, capsules and liquids (no aerosols, inhalers, Nitroglycerin or alcohol containing products).
· Medicine must be in original container with original label intact.
· No medicines that have the words ‘‘toxic’’, ‘‘corrosive”, ‘‘reactive’’, ‘‘ignitable’’, ‘‘flammable’’ or ‘‘poison’’ will be accepted.
· No mixtures will be accepted: only one type of medication can be in a single container.
· No pill organizers will be accepted.
· No controlled or illegal substances (you may check with your regular Pharmacist if you are not certain whether a certain medicine is a controlled substance).
· Only sharps in re-sealable, hard-plastic containers will be accepted.
· Only unwanted medicines from individuals will be accepted. Nothing will be accepted from health centers, clinics, doctors’ offices, or other businesses or organizations.
IDEM works to inform the public about opportunities for safely disposing of unwanted prescriptions and over the counter medicines. In addition to protecting lakes and streams, taking unwanted medicines to collections protects pets and children, who can be poisoned from the accidental ingestion of pharmaceuticals thrown in the trash. Additional information about unwanted medicines, including a list of local medicine collection programs in Indiana, is posted on the IDEM website at www.recycle.IN.gov.
Programs that accept controlled substances must be operated under the supervision of law enforcement because it is illegal to give controlled substances to anyone other than a police officer or a person who is under law enforcement supervision. Through the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Office of Diversion Control National Take-Back Initiative, the public is provided with a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. The next National Take-Back Initiative will be April 26. For a searchable listing, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.
IDEM (www.idem.IN.gov) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.
Founded in 1931, Marsh operates 78 supermarkets throughout Indiana and Ohio and has the distinction of being the first grocery store in the world to use electronic scanners to ring up purchases. With 38 in-store pharmacy locations, Marsh boasts the largest pharmacy chain based in the state of Indiana.