More than 200 pounds were dropped into secure receptacles since April at five Premier Health sites as part of an effort to combat the region’s opioid epidemic.
Premier received a grant from the PNC Foundation to fund the receptacles, which are used by visitors and employees, according to a news release.
More than 70 percent of people who abuse opioids get them from family and friends, according to the American Medical Association, which Premier said underscores the importance of making sure such medications are safely handled and disposed of when no longer needed.
The receptacles are open to the public around the clock at the following locations:
- Atrium Medical Center: front lobby beside gift shop
- Good Samaritan North Health Center: lobby beside retail pharmacy
- Miami Valley Hospital: beside the Apple Street elevators (first floor)
- Miami Valley Hospital South: bed tower lobby outside maternity center entrance
- Upper Valley Medical Center: at the foot of the main staircase in the hospital lobby
Those disposing of unused medications should place them in plastic baggies instead of bottles. Do not dispose of needles, syringes, aerosol cans, inhalers, thermometers, lotions or liquids.
Unused medications are incinerated and not taken to landfills.
“We’ve been impressed by the rate at which these receptacles are filling up,” stated Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health. “We thank the PNC Foundation for funding this convenient option for our neighbors and employees to safely dispose of unused medications.”
For more information on local efforts to combat opioid addiction, go to opioidassist.com
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