FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Hitesh Patel, Owner
People First Pharmacy
People First Pharmacy Launches New Drug Take-Back Program
for Consumer Drug Disposal
Carrollton, Texas (March 30, 2011) — In response to news about the presence of pharmaceuticals contaminating the water supply and teenage abuse of prescription drugs, People First Pharmacy is now offering a new drug take back program to help its patients safely dispose of medicines that may be dangerous to others and to the environment.
“As members of the community, pharmacists are in a prime position to ensure the safe and proper handling of medications, from dispensing to disposal,” said owner Tesh Patel, RPh. “Unused or expired medications pose risks to our families, communities, and the environment. We welcome all in the community to talk to our pharmacists about their prescriptions and how to store, use and dispose of them properly.”
Patel is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association, which launched a new Protect Your Pharmacy Now! Prescription Drug Disposal to help its members create consumer drug disposal programs for medicines that may be dangerous to others and to the environment.
Patients of any pharmacy are invited to safely dispose of unused and expired medications at People First Pharmacy, free of charge, by bringing in the drugs in their original packaging. The pharmacy will work to dispose of the drugs using the Sharps TakeAway™ Environmental Return System, a safe, easy method to dispose of unused patient medications in an environmentally friendly way. More details are available at their website PeopleFirstPharmacy.com or by calling 972-300-4130 x-462.
The Office of National Drug Control has found that prescription drugs are the drug of choice among 12- and 13-year olds, while a third of all new abusers of prescription drugs were between the ages of 12 and 17. Though it may be argued that the presence of drugs in drinking water is negligible, more and more consumers are disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the drain, adding pharmaceutical pollution to our waters. In addition, medicines thrown in the trash can end up in landfills if not first picked up by children, pets, sanitation employees, or anyone who rummages through trash.
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents America’s community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent an $84 billion health-care marketplace, employ over 300,000 full-time employees, and dispense nearly half of the nation’s retail prescription medicines.
Did you know People First was in the news when a suspect was hiding in our pharmacy. Our staff went into action as soon as they discovered what was going on.