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Meijer launches consumer drug take-back program

Posted at 3:27 PM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 16:27:39-05

Meijer is launching a new Consumer Drug Take-Back Program for customers to safely and properly dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.

Drug dropoff kiosks will be located in the pharmacy area of 241 Meijer supercenters across the Midwest.

“The Meijer Drug Take-Back Program allows our customers to remove the risk of an unforeseen accident occurring with expired or unused medications, while enabling them to properly dispose prescription drugs and reducing the possibility of creating a public health hazard," said Jason Beauch, vice president of Meijer Pharmacy.

Customers can dispose of any medications at no cost including opioids, controlled substances and over-the-counter medications.

Data from the U.S. Drug Administration's 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. Most abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from a home medicine cabinet.