The 2014 event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Please click on the blue bars below to access additional information about the Medication Disposal Event @ the Capitol.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Medications can be dropped off from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. A press conference will be held at 11 a.m.
Michigan State Capitol, south lawn, Lansing, Mich. Click here to get directions to the Capitol building.
Keep pharmaceuticals in their original container since the labels may contain safety information. In addition, the container is chemically compatible, and caps are typically water tight and child proof. Scratch out, cover with tape or use permanent marker to make personal information unreadable.
Medications can be dropped off at the tent on the south Capitol lawn or there will be a drop-off tent located at Capitol Avenue and Michigan Avenue for your convenience.
Items Not Accepted:
For a list of sharps collection programs in Michigan, please visit the Department of Environmental Quality Web site.
Additional Event Information
The Medication Disposal Event @ the Capitol is held in conjunction with MPA's annual Pharmacy Day at the Capitol, an event designed to educate legislators and their staffs on the vital role pharmacists play on the health care team. Volunteers pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have one-on-one time during wellness demonstrations with Michigan's lawmakers to discuss important pharmacy issues and provide expertise in the following areas:
A press conference will be held at 11 a.m. during the Medication Disposal Event @ the Capitol discussing the expanding and innovative roles of pharmacists and the importance of their involvement in proper medication disposal.
Invited speakers are listed below. Speakers will be confirmed at a later date, and a media advisory and press releases will be available. The press release from the 2013 event is available online.
For the most up-to-date information or for questions and media inquiries, please contact MPA Director of Communications Leah Ball at Leah@MichiganPharmacists.org.
If you have general questions regarding this event, please contact:
If you are a student pharmacist, pharmacist or pharmacy technician volunteer for Pharmacy Day at the Capitol, register online or for questions, please contact:
If you have a media inquiry, please contact:
Medication Disposal Resources
Please click on the blue bars below to access resources and general information about safely disposing of medications.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy developed federal guidelines that are summarized here:
Ilisa Bernstein, Pharm.D., J.D., FDA's Deputy Director of the Office of Compliance, offers some additional tips:
Bernstein says the same disposal methods for prescription drugs could apply to over-the-counter drugs as well.
Why the Precautions?
Prescription drugs such as powerful narcotic pain relievers and other controlled substances carry instructions for flushing to reduce the danger of unintentional use or overdose and illegal abuse.
For example, the fentanyl patch, an adhesive patch that delivers a potent pain medicine through the skin, comes with instructions to flush used or leftover patches. Too much fentanyl can cause severe breathing problems and lead to death in babies, children, pets, and even adults, especially those who have not been prescribed the medicine.
"Even after a patch is used, a lot of the medicine remains in the patch," says Jim Hunter, R.Ph., M.P.H., a pharmacist reviewer on FDA's Controlled Substance Staff, "so you wouldn't want to throw something in the trash that contains a powerful and potentially dangerous narcotic that could harm others."
Some people are questioning the practice of flushing certain medicines because of concerns about trace levels of drug residues found in surface water, such as rivers and lakes, and in some community drinking water supplies. "The main way drug residues enter water systems is by people taking medicines and then naturally passing them through their bodies," says Raanan Bloom, Ph.D., an environmental assessment expert in FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Bloom goes on to say "many drugs are not completely absorbed or metabolized by the body and can enter the environment after passing through waste water treatment plants."
"While FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency take the concerns of flushing certain medicines in the environment seriously, there has been no indication of environmental effects due to flushing," says Bloom. In addition, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, scientists to date have found no evidence of adverse human health effects from drug residues in the environment.
"Nonetheless, FDA does not want to add drug residues into water systems unnecessarily," says Hunter. The agency reviewed its drug labels to identify products with disposal directions recommending flushing down the sink or toilet. This continuously revised listing can be found at FDA's Web page on Disposal of Unused Medicines.
Disposal of Inhaler Products
Another environmental concern lies with inhalers used by people who have asthma or other breathing problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Traditionally, many inhalers have contained chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), a propellant that damages the protective ozone layer. However, CFCs have been phased out of inhalers and are being replaced with more environmentally friendly inhalers by the end of 2013.
Read handling instructions on the labeling of inhalers and aerosol products because they could be dangerous if punctured or thrown into a fire or incinerator. To ensure safe disposal that complies with local regulations and laws, contact your local trash and recycling facility.
This article appears on FDA's Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, How to Dispose of Unused Medications, www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm101653.htm
There are a number of medication disposal programs or events available in Michigan that allow the public to safely dispose of their medications, or that allow pharmacies to get involved in medication disposal. Utilize the links below for more information on safe medication disposal initiatives in the state.
Follow the links below to access additional resources on safe medication disposal.