In an effort to improve safety among the Fort Rucker community, Lyster Army Health Clinic added a new option for medication disposal for its beneficiaries.
Located in the pharmacy lobby, the new MedSafe drop box allows patients to safely dispose of any unwanted or expired medications.
Medications play a critical role in treating health conditions. When those medications are no longer needed, it’s important to properly dispose of them to reduce accidental exposure or intentional misuse.
The MedSafe drop box is accessible during normal pharmacy hours and can accept most medications. Medications should be left in the original packaging when possible.
According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, theft, misuse and abuse.
Disposing of medications protects people and the Earth by:
Preventing the poisoning of children and pets;
Avoiding health problems resulting from accidentally taking the wrong medication; and
Keeping medications from entering streams and rivers when poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet.
The MedSafe does not allow:
Any illegal Schedule I drugs – heroin, cocaine, marijuana, etc.;
Sharp containers, needles, syringes, batteries, aerosol spray cans, trash, medical devices, chemicals or other hazardous materials; and
Liquids over 4 ounces – liquids under 4 ounces must be sealed in a plastic bag.
For questions about safe medication disposal or any other questions pertaining to the pharmacy, call 255-7178.