If you have unwanted, unused, or expired prescription drugs, you no longer have to wait for drug take-back events. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) recently installed a MedDrop Drug Take Back box.
The MedDrop box is located in the entryway of the main entrance of the hospital. The blue box has a secure drawer to add the drugs that go into a locked safe. People who want to drop unwanted drugs do not have to be patients at the hospital.
“The ability to easily dispose of unused and unneeded medication serves to strengthen the safety and well-being of our community,” noted Stephen Kapral, R.Ph., Director of Pharmacy for BMH.
Items not allowed include illegal drugs, syringes, needles, liquids over four ounces, aerosol spray cans, trash, medical devices, chemical liquids, or other hazardous materials.
“The secure box has two locks opened by different keys held by different people to help eliminate any misuse of the drugs when the box is emptied,” Kapral explained.
Excess prescription and over-the-counter drugs can pose a serious risk in one’s home. The MedDrop box is a secure metal drop box which will provide a safe way to properly dispose of them, thereby protecting the environment and water supply, as well as reducing the risk of accidental overdose, intentional misuse, or the development of addictions.
Stephen Kapral, R.Ph., Director of Pharmacy for BMH, demonstrates how MedDrop, a medication disposal unit, works as it is located at the front entrance of the hospital.