Cardinal Health Foundation, Kroger to host Drug Take-Back Day event

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Cardinal Health Foundation, Kroger to host Drug Take-Back Day event

By Sandra Levy - 04/26/2019
The Cardinal Health Foundation and Kroger are to host a Drug Take-Back event at more than 200 local pharmacy locations across the country from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27.

As part of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the event looks to provide customers with a safe, convenient and anonymous way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.

"The Cardinal Health Foundation is proud to continue our partnership with Kroger to host annual drug take-back events across the country in order to help local communities dispose of unused or expired medications," Jessie Cannon, vice president of community relations at Cardinal Health, said. "These events provide an opportunity to shine a light on the importance of using—and disposing of—medications safely. For a decade, we've been educating people all across the country on safe medication practices with Generation Rx, the prevention education program created by the Cardinal Health Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, and through the Opioid Action Program."

Local law enforcement officers also will be on site to help participants securely dispose of their medications, and Kroger pharmacy associates will offer free DisposeRx at-home medication disposal packets.

"The April 27 take-back event, which provides a safe and convenient way for our customers to dispose of their unused or expired medications, is just one step of our comprehensive commitment to help the communities we call home combat the opioid epidemic," Kroger's president of pharmacy, and The Little Clinic, Colleen Lindholz said. "We offer naloxone, the life-saving medication to help rapidly reverse an opioid overdose, as well as free DisposeRx for customers of qualifying medications to keep unused drugs from being used improperly."

The Cardinal Health Foundation has supported take-back events at Kroger locations for several years. In 2018, collection events hosted by both companies resulted in the safe disposal of more than 40,000 pounds of unused prescription drugs.