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National program: Outdated prescription drugs collected at BMH

National program: Outdated prescription drugs collected at BMH
National program: Outdated prescription drugs collected at BMH | National program: Outdated prescription drugs collected at BMH
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
More than 21 pounds of outdated prescription drugs were turned in Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City as part of a national drug take-back program.
“We were very pleased,” Union City Police Chief Joe Garner told The Messenger today. “For the first one we’ve had, it was a success.”
Garner helped staff a booth set up in front of the main entrance to the hospital. Those who stopped by to turn in their outdated prescription drugs were thanked for their participation and were even given some literature about the proper disposal of unwanted prescription drugs.
Last year, there were two National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days. In April, about 188 tons of prescription drugs were turned in at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency. In September, an estimated 121 tons of prescription drugs were turned in at 4,700 sites nationwide, according to Lorraine Gossett-Beachum.
“The outcome was really great for it being our first event,” Mrs. Beachum. “On behalf of the local hospital we were proud to have partnered with the other agencies involved in this program and I’d like to thank those who brought their prescriptions to the hospital.”
Mrs. Beachum is the chairman of the drug take-back program for the Obion County Prevention Coalition and worked the drug take-back booth Saturday morning at the local hospital with coalition coordinator Regina Hendon.
Saturday’s four-hour event actually involved several agencies — the local prevention coalition, the local police department, the local hospital and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
“For this to be our very first one we were very pleased,” Mrs. Hendon said today.
She counted 35 vehicles that came by the local hospital to drop off unwanted prescription drugs Saturday.
Mrs. Hendon said she was expecting a load of confiscated prescription drugs from the Obion County Sheriff’s Department to-day.
“We’re planning to have another prescription drug drop-off day in April 2012,” Mrs. Hendon said.
Also, the local prevention coalition is working on setting up permanent prescription drug drop-off boxes in the community.
All the drugs that were collected Saturday were logged in by hospital officials and a couple of students from Union University’s School of Pharmacy. All the prescription medications will be disposed of safely.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 10.31.11

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