Firelands Medication Collection Kiosk
Many of us receive prescription medications, but find that we may still have some pills left over after our symptoms have subsided. Or, you may find that your medicine cabinet is filled with drugs you don’t need, or that are expired. So what are you supposed to do with them? First, it is important to understand the difference between the drugs you have been prescribed.
Controlled Substance or Not?
There are two kinds of prescription medications: controlled and non-controlled. Most prescriptions for chronic conditions or infections are non-controlled. For example, most blood pressure and cholesterol medications, diabetes medications, asthma inhalers, and antibiotics are all non-controlled medications.
Controlled substances, however, are medications that can cause physical and mental dependence, and the manufacturing, possession and use of these medications is heavily regulated by law.
If you are in possession of a controlled substance that you don’t need anymore, whether it is expired or not, you need to dispose of it correctly to protect against unintended abuse or other problems.
Medication Collection Kiosk
In an effort to lessen the misuse and abuse of controlled substances, Firelands Regional Medical Center has installed a Take Back Kiosk. This initiative comes in the wake of the ever-increasing use and abuse of opioids in our community. In addition, any patient that receives an opioid prescription drug at Firelands Regional Medical Center, whether for surgery recovery or otherwise, will receive a brochure on the dangers of misusing opioids, and what to do if you may be facing addiction to them.
Gregory Surfield, MD, plastic and reconstructive surgeon on the medical staff of Firelands Regional Medical Center, has always been aware of the abuse that can come from prescribing controlled substances. He had this to say about the kiosk initiative; “As a surgeon, I want to make sure my patients have adequate pain control which sometimes involves prescribing narcotics. I am also aware of the opioid epidemic that affects our community. Excess prescription medications that are either improperly disposed, or kept in the medicine cabinet ‘just in case’, are a significant factor that contributes to this epidemic. This is just one of the many ways that I am trying to decrease the consequences related to prescribed controlled substances and have a positive effect on the opioid epidemic.”
An opioid is a strong prescription pain medication. Some common names of opioids are:
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco)
- Oxycodone (Percocet, OxyContin)
- Codeine (Tylenol #3)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Oxymorphone (Opana)
The Medication Collection Kiosk allows anyone with extra, or expired, opioid pills and any other prescription medications, to dispose of them properly, in a private, secure, and safe way. The kiosk at Firelands is located in the hallway after exiting the parking garage, and before you enter the main lobby.
“With the growing drug crisis in America, and Ohio, I am proud that we are taking the initiative to help be part of the solution. It is astounding to think that, on average, about 115 people die every day in the United States from opioid overdose. The Medication Collection Kiosk will help keep unwanted and potentially addictive drugs off the streets and away from those suffering from addiction. Studies have shown that many prescription drugs that are abused are often obtained from family and friends, including those from the home medicine cabinet,” said David Waller, director of pharmacy services at Firelands Regional Medical Center.
Firelands Cares About You
If you or a loved one is dealing with addiction, or substance abuse, Firelands Regional Medical Center Counseling and Recovery Services can help. When you turn to us for help, a licensed professional will guide you or your loved one through a complete assessment to help identify the most challenging problems and then work with you to create an individualized mental health, drug or alcohol treatment plan to work through those problems.
“I am excited for this medication collection kiosk to be available to our patients. The fact that those struggling with addiction, or who are seeking recovery, can come to the kiosk anonymously and drop off their drugs is really wonderful,” said Marsha Mruk, vice president of behavioral health services at Firelands Regional Medical Center.
If you have questions about our behavioral health services or would like more information, contact us at 419-557-5177.