SWRMC installs convenient, permanent drug takeback receptacle
The community can now dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications safely, year round and with no questions asked
Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center recently installed a convenient and permanent medication drop-off receptacle for easy disposal of leftover, unused and out-of-date prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
Unused medications are a source of drug abuse in millions of homes, with the opioid crisis in the United States fueled in part by that availability: More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, including raiding the family medicine cabinet. Overall, 22,000 people die each year from misuse of prescription drugs.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to help get unused prescriptions and medications out of homes and off the streets safely,” said David Masterson, President, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. “While we have participated in annual community drug takeback days, we are now proud to provide our community with the year-round opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets and make their homes and communities safer.”
The community is welcome to come into the hospital pharmacy, look for the big green receptacle and drop off medications with no questions asked. The pharmacy is located in the lobby of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center at 100 Sentara Circle, Williamsburg, VA 23188. The large green receptacle sits inside the entrance of the pharmacy, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
While there are some things that can’t be taken in the receptacle, such as inhalers, needles, lotions, liquids and illegal drugs, the pharmacy staff will be on hand to help determine what to do with these materials.
Adding this drop-off location complements a series of other efforts by Sentara Healthcare to help address and mitigate the opioid epidemic, including:
- Adopting Opioid Prescription Review Software
- Adopting Opioid Safe Prescribing Guidelines in our Emergency Departments
- Issuing Patient Opioid Use Contracts to Patients (for chronic pain patients)
- Participating in Annual Community Drug Takeback Days
For more information about Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, visit our webpage.