I used to work as a nurse in the nursing home. Once a week I had to go through 52 patients medications and throw out medications that were still good, packaged, but no longer prescribed. Or the patient died, left, or went to the hospital.
I had to flush all these medications down a toilet and put them into our water supply. For 52 patients, weekly, I was dumping about a blender (to guestimate size amount) full of good medications away.
What a huge waste? Why cannot these medications be returned and reused or even better yet why cannot they be given to programs that provide free prescriptions to those who need them?
I know that in our area there may be a service that comes maybe once a year to our local pharmacy to pick up medications that are no longer in use to be recycled, but many of us cannot safely store extra meds like that
What do you know or think?
Answer by Anonymous at 5:56 PM on Oct. 17, 2008
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