A New Way to Dispose of Expired Medications

dispose of old meds Most Americans inadvertently keep expired prescriptions in their medicine cabinets. Holding on to unused or expired medications can pose dangerous risks for yourself and your family. If you are looking for a safe and convenient way to dispose of these drugs, Village Green’s pharmacists have an easy and environmentally-friendly solution for you.

We now offer a way for you to dispose your unused or expired medications in the privacy of your home, using DisposeRx. These packets contain patented solidifying materials that when combined with water and added to the drugs in the prescription vial, they dissolve the medication Continue reading “A New Way to Dispose of Expired Medications”

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Safe Drug Disposal: National Take Back Initiative

On Saturday April 30, a number of collection sites around the country will be taking back unused and unwanted prescription drugs (including controlled substances) through the National Take Back Initiative. The program helps to keep these substances out of our environment (e.g., water supply), as well as keep them safe from children, teens and adults who might accidentally or intentionally look to use them inappropriately.

This is a great time to go through your medicine cabinet and dispose of your unused and expired drugs! As a reminder, through Village Green’s TakeAway Environmental Return System, you can turn in most traditional pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications (OTC’s) everyday at no cost. (Note: our program does not accept controlled substances.)

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Village Green Offers Environmentally Safe Way to Dispose of Drugs

Flushing or trashing pharmaceutical products can be harmful to area water supplies (including the Chesapeake Bay, for those of us in the DC area).

Village Green Apothecary is now providing a safe, environmentally savvy way to dispose of unwanted and expired drugs. When consumers bring them into the pharmacy located at 5415 W. Cedar Lane in Bethesda, the drugs will be properly disposed of using the TakeAway Environmental Return System. Over-the-counter and prescription medications qualify, excepting controlled substances.

“It’s a very easy process,” says Marc Isaacson, president and owner of Village Green. “There’s a simple donation form that you can download from our website, or you can complete it in our store. Your privacy is absolutely ensured, and we ship items received directly to the facility that destroys the medications.”

The TakeAway program employs a waste-to-energy process, ensuring that the energy used to incinerate the drugs is harnessed as electricity. Around 200 million pounds of unused drugs are generated by Americans each year, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association.

“This is a safe, environmentally sensitive way to make sure that the drugs don’t end up trickling through our ecosystem into the Chesapeake Bay, or even into our drinking water,” Isaacson adds. ” Continue reading “Village Green Offers Environmentally Safe Way to Dispose of Drugs”

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