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New drug take back program – great idea to get rid of unwanted medications

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Do you have medications in your medicine cabinet that are either expired or you don’t need anymore?  How do you safely dispose of them? This is even more critical if they are a controlled substance – you don’t want them getting into the wrong hands. A company has started a drug take back program to help us safely dispose of medications.

Cordant Health Solutions™ believes that many of the drugs initially obtained for misuse or abuse are not bought from a drug dealer but rather taken from a home medicine cabinet. Cordant’s Take-Back Program promotes and provides take-back envelopes for patients at no charge to safely dispose of their unused medications, including controlled substances scheduled II–V, through the USPS.

The program is simple and straightforward. The Cordant Take-Back envelopes will be placed at physician offices. Patients simply take an envelope home, fill it with unused/expired medications in their original containers, seal the prepaid mailing label on the nondescript envelope and ship via USPS directly to the reverse distributor.

This Cordant Take-Back Program meets the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act requirements for the compliant disposal of controlled substances via take-back.

Cordant’s take-back program removes dangerous prescriptions from medicine cabinets and helps prevent powerful narcotics from falling into the wrong hands.

  • 62% of teens who have taken a prescription medication for a nonmedical reason said they did so because it was easy to get from their parents’ medicine cabinets.
  • More than 70% of people who first misuse prescription drugs get them from their friends or relatives or simply take them without asking.
  • Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show that nearly 80% of heroin users report having become addicted to prescription pain medications first, while just 3.6% had a history of heroin use before beginning prescription pain medications.

For more information on this program, go to their website.


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