While Omaha had drop off sites for unused and unwanted prescription medications last Saturday, Fremont Health offers that service at any time.
Unused or expired medications, including narcotics, can be turned into Fremont Health’s pharmacy, no questions asked.
“Dropping off old medications to be destroyed is very important to prevent medication misuse,” said Nick Hummel, Fremont Health pharmacy director. “Limiting the availability of controlled substances is the easiest way to help with the opioid crisis.
“In addition, removing old prescriptions also helps reduce the chance of taking the wrong medication, especially after a hospitalization and with our elderly population,” Hummel said.
The Nebraska Med Coalition also warns that such medications can fall into the wrong hands and lead to accidental poisoning or illegal use.
The coalition cites these facts:
Thirty-eight percent of all child poisoning involve a grandparent’s medication.
One in five teens admit to abusing pain pills.
Most people who abuse prescription drugs get them free from a friend or relative.
The drugs shouldn’t simply be tossed or flushed. If disposed of improperly, they can harm the environment, states data from the coalition’s website.
Those bringing unused or expired medications to the Fremont Health pharmacy are asked to keep them in the original packaging, if possible, and to mark out the patient’s name.
Sharps (needles) or sharps containers are not accepted.
The pharmacy is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.
It is closed on holidays.
The pharmacy is located on the first floor of the hospital, near the main entrance, 450 E. 23rd St.
Fremont Health partners with the Nebraska Meds Coalition for the take back. More information can be found at http://www.nebraskameds.org
Last Saturday, Omaha provided drop-off sites for unused or expired medications in observance of National Drug Take Back Day.
In October 2016, Americans turned in 366 tons of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners, the Associated Press reported.