Pharmaceuticals collection protects families and environment
Who: Marsh Pharmacies, MainStreet Market Pharmacies, and sponsors including the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
What: Marsh Fall 2013 “Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet” event
When: Friday, October 25, through Monday, October 28, 2013 (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 cluttering their shelves are invited to drop them off at a nearby Marsh Pharmacy during this fall’s “Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet” event. Pharmacists at all Marsh Pharmacy locations will be collecting and qualifying over the counter and prescription medications for free disposal on the following dates and times:
• Friday, October 25, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Saturday, October 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Sunday, October 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday, October 28, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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 their original containers. The name of the medication must be visible on the label; a black, permanent marker should be used to block out personal information, including name, address and Rx number; sharps should be sealed in a non-returnable, 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.
Marsh Pharmacies are located throughout the Central Indiana area and in Warsaw. Communities include Anderson, Bloomington, Brownsburg, Carmel, Columbus, Fishers, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Marion, Muncie, Noblesville, Pendleton, Plainfield, Tipton, Warsaw, West Lafayette, Westfield and Zionsville. IDEM, the Indiana Poison Center, Inmar, Rexam, IU Health, NuGenesis Environmental Services and Indiana Association for Home & Hospice Care are helping to sponsor the event.
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. Controlled substances will be accepted at special locations during the next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 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 87 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 40 in-store pharmacy locations, Marsh boasts the largest pharmacy chain based in the state of Indiana.