UPMC St. Margaret offers year-round drug take back

September 1, 2018
UPMC St. Margaret will offer a year-round program for people to turn in unwanted or unused drugs.

In an effort to thwart prescribed medication from reaching the wrong hands, UPMC St. Margaret has launched a year-round program for people to turn in unwanted or unused drugs.

The Consumer Drug Take-Back program expands on neighborhood events hosted a few times each year by local police departments.

“It serves as a continually functioning version of the (Drug Take-Back Day) and is a benefit over the designated prescription drug take back days that occur throughout the year,” said Alex Rivosecchi, Manager of UPMC St. Margaret Pharmacy Operations.

The receptacle is available 365 days a year near Entrance A, across from the Van Horn Pavilion by the parking pay station. It is available for visitors, inpatients, outpatients, community members and employees.

Taylor Andres, a UPMC spokeswoman, said the fixed container is a unique solution to avoid the potential dangers of unused prescription drugs.

Andres said improper drug disposal can lead to accidents and overdoses. Unused prescriptions should not be thrown in the garbage or down the drain, Andres said.

Inmar, the company which developed the receptacle, reported there are more than 22,000 deaths a year from prescription drug misuse.

Inmar has receptacles in 32 states. In the first quarter of 2018, the program had taken about 4,000 pounds of unneeded medications out of circulation, according to the company website.

There also is a drug take-back receptacle in the main lobby at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.