Village Green Offers Environmentally Safe Way to Dispose of Drugs

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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. ” And you also won’t have to worry about the drugs accidentally being swallowed by a child, pet, teenager, or family member.”

An Associated Press investigation found that pharmaceutical drugs, such as antibiotics, hormones, antidepressants, and many others, have been found in numerous American drinking water supplies, including here in the Washington area. Flushing or throwing away unused medications contributes to the problem.

“We think providing our community with a safe way to dispose of unwanted drugs is a great way to help protect our customers, our water supply, and the environment,” says Isaacson.

“After all, ‘green’ is our middle name.”

Village Green Apothecary has a longstanding tradition of launching eco-friendly programs, including participation in a wind power cooperative and use of a “smart car” for its prescription deliveries. A Bethesda landmark for 45 years, Village Green provides a wide array of individualized nutrition and healthy living resources, as well as traditional pharmacy products.

The Village Green staff of 50 includes pharmacists, nutritionists, a naturopathic doctor, and clinical herbalist, who offer customized products and personalized health plans to ensure health and wellbeing. Customers have access to the Village Green team to get coaching on the right form, dosage and combination of nutrients (vitamins, minerals amino acids and herbs) to use. Additionally, pharmacists and nutritionists at Village Green work together to ensure that patients understand drug nutrient interactions and depletions.

CONTACT: Marc Isaacson,
President, Village Green Apothecary
5415 W. Cedar Lane Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 530-0800

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