Secure drop boxes for unused medicines now available
March 7, 2018
Amery Hospital & Clinic is proud to offer another option for safe medicine disposal in western Wisconsin.
Last month, a secure kiosk for the disposal of unused medicines was installed in the clinic waiting area.
Community members may bring their unused prescription medicines (both controlled and uncontrolled), leftover pet medications and over-the-counter medicines.
“We are doing this to further support our community’s efforts to address the problems with opioid abuse,” said Mark Tryggestad, Director of Pharmacy at Amery Hospital & Clinic. “The kiosk is convenient and in a secure location, available during clinic hours. It offers another free option to make it easier for people to do the right thing and dispose of their unused medicines responsibly.”
Drop boxes were also added at the other HealthPartners locations in the St. Croix Valley: Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Lakeview Hospital and Stillwater Medical Group (Stillwater campus) and Westfields Hospital & Clinic. They join kiosks already in place at a number of HealthPartners clinics across the Twin Cities.
It’s not the first action Amery Hospital & Clinic and its partner hospitals in the St. Croix Valley have taken to deal with the national opioid epidemic. Other steps have included:
- Amery Hospital & Clinic supported local high school programs that offer safe, drug-free options for teens.
- Amery Area Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and Lakeview EMS paramedics carry and administer naloxone hydrochloride (Narcan) for opioid overdose calls.
- Hudson Hospital & Clinic teamed up with Hudson Police Department to host a Drug Take Back Day event in October 2017; Westfields Hospital & Clinic partnered with the New Richmond Police Department to accept unused medicines in May 2017.
- The 2017 Hudson Hospital Foundation’s Annual Event raised funds to support drug education and prevention in the community.
- Disposable safe bags were given to patients filling an opioid pain pill prescription at Lakeview Pharmacy in 2017 thanks to a $24,000 grant from Lakeview Health Foundation.
- Lakeview EMS staff supply and train Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) agents how to use and administer naloxone.