In an effort to encourage safe disposal of medications that are no longer needed, Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare and RiverStone Health now offer a convenient and responsible way to dispose of unwanted medications every day of the year.
All three organizations have secure MedSafe lock boxes to handle disposal of unused or expired medications. According to a press release from SCL Health, the bright blue-and-white stainless steel boxes can accept over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs, including legally prescribed narcotics or other controlled substances. In an effort to educate patients, the Alliance organizations will soon start attaching bag tags to prescriptions describing the safe use of pain medications and safe disposal of unused or expired medications.
The lock boxes can help decrease the public safety risk of accidental poisoning, intentional misuse or overdose. They can also help protect the environment from unsafe disposal methods.
MedSafe drop boxes are located at these outpatient pharmacies:
- Billings Clinic, 2800 10th Ave. N. (south atrium entrance, near the hospital pharmacy)
- St. Vincent Healthcare Pharmacy, 1233 N. 30th St. (emergency department entrance)
- RiverStone Health Pharmacy, 123 S. 27th St. (clinic entrance)
Medications for disposal should be left in their original containers, if possible. Liquid medications less than four ounces should be placed in a sealed plastic bag before being placed in a MedSafe drop box. MedSafe boxes are not set up to take needles or other instruments that can cut or puncture the skin, aerosols or hazardous materials.
Medications should never be left outside a locked Medsafe box.