Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services announce a convenient drug take-back program for leftover household medications!
Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services (GAHHS) announces it has established a convenient medication take-back program for easy disposal of leftover, unused, and out-of-date prescription and over-the-counter medications.
In an effort to help reduce the risk of drugs in the home that can potentially harm children, teens, or adults, GAHHS has set up two secure, safe drop-off locations! One is directly inside the main entrance of the hospital lobby at 1120 N. Melvin St., Gibson City, and the other is inside the Gibson Family Pharmacy (Medicine Shoppe) located at 104 N. Sanagmon Ave., Gibson City.
Unused medications in the home are a source of drug abuse in millions of homes, with the opioid crisis in the United States fueled in part by that availability: 47% of misused prescription pain relievers are given by, bought from, or taken from a friend or relative. On average, an American dies of a drug overdose every 5 minutes. We want to provide the folks in our community with the safe, secure opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets and make their homes and communities safer.
We want to remind people that they should not flush drugs down the toilet. Traces of drugs can appear in community drinking water. Our drug disposal unit, which is easily accessible in the lobby of the hospital or at the Gibson Family Pharmacy, is a great answer to that problem and it’s simple to do. Just come in, and look for the big green receptacle. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.
There are some things that can’t be taken in the receptacle, such as inhalers and needles, but pharmacy staff will be on hand to help determine what to do. The collection receptacle will be available in the hospital main lobby entrance Mon-Fri 7:00 am-6:00 pm and Saturdays 7:00 am - Noon and at Gibson Family Pharmacy Monday-Friday 8:30 am-6:0 pm, Saturdays 8:30 am -5:00 pm, Sundays 10:00 am -3:00 pm.
GAHHS partnered with Inmar to manage this drug take-back program. The company has a long history as the industry leader in handling prescription and over-the-counter drug returns safely, securely, and discreetly for major and regional chain drug stores as well as independent pharmacies and hospitals across the U.S.