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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth Installs Kiosk to Safely Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Medications
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth (BID-Plymouth) recently installed a kiosk for individuals to place personal prescriptions that are no longer wanted/needed in their homes. BID-Plymouth is the first hospital South of Boston to offer this service and the second hospital in Massachusetts. The kiosk, MedSafe®, is located in BID-Plymouth’s Urann Lobby.
Items that can be placed in the kiosk include personal prescriptions that are no longer needed or wanted. No needles, liquids in quantities greater than four ounces, and no illegal drugs may be submitted. “Individuals suffering from substance abuse addiction may begin their addiction by helping themselves to opioids from old prescriptions left in their family’s medicine cabinet,” says BID-Plymouth Pharmacy Director, Kristina L. McGill, MS, RPh. “It’s vital for individuals to clean out their medicine cabinets and dispose of old or unwanted prescriptions. BID-Plymouth now offers another opportunity for people to do that.”
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days urge people to participate and safely get rid of their unwanted or unused prescription medications. However, they only take place one or two days per year. BID-Plymouth’s MedSafe kiosk provides those who want to rid their homes of unneeded prescriptions with the option to do so, immediately. The medical waste disposal company Sharps Compliance will collect and safely destroy medications collected.
Kiosks like MedSafe can normally be found in local police departments. “Going to the police department can be intimidating or uncomfortable for people. This is a great public service we are offering for patients, families and visitors to rid their homes of unwanted prescriptions,” adds McGill.