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Akron -- Properly disposing of unused prescription medication is a crucial step in drug abuse prevention, and Summit County and Acme Fresh Market are launching a program aimed at making that easier for residents.
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals "has purchased and donated 40,000 drug deactivation pouches to the Summit County Community Partnership," said Darryl Brake, the partnership's executive director, at a press conference Wednesday morning in the Summit County Public Health auditorium. "The pouches provide a safe and responsible method for consumers to dispose of leftover prescription medication and prevent pills from being found and used for non-medical purposes."
"Prescription drugs are designed to heal, not harm," said Kevin Webb, director of advocacy relations for Mallinckrodt. "But today, unfortunately, prescription drug abuse is one of our nation's greatest health concerns. Safe drug disposal is critically important in the fight to keep these unused medications out of the wrong hands."
The specially-formulated bags deactivate prescription drugs and make chemical compounds safe for landfills.
"Put unused medications into your pouch, add water, seal it up and dispose of it in your household trash," said Webb.
Twelve thousand of the pouches will be available free of charge at Acme Fresh Market's Northeast Ohio pharmacies.
"We have 16 locations; customers visit our stores two and a half times a week. So it's a great place to provide this amazing product that safely disposes of prescription drugs," said Jim Trout, president of Acme Fresh Market. Customers can also consult with Acme pharmacists about the pouches and prescription drug safety.
See the Sept. 4 edition of the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press for the complete story.