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Kroger, Cardinal Health to host drug take-back events

Kroger and Cardinal Health are joining forces to host several drug take-back events on Oct. 27.

The events, which are part of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, will be held at more than 200 Kroger Family of Pharmacy locations.

“Kroger is committed to partnering with our associates, customers, communities and companies like Cardinal Health to help solve the opioid epidemic," Colleen Lindholz, president of the Kroger Pharmacy and The Little Clinic, said. “The drug take-back events are one part of our comprehensive commitment, which includes offering naloxone—the life-saving medication—at our 2,300 pharmacy locations across the country to combat the health crisis.”

In addition, it will also provide safe, convenient and anonymous ways to dispose of unused or expired medications.

Throughout the event, Kroger’s pharmacy associates will provide participants with educational resources around prescription drug misuse, the companies said.

“Drug take-back events are a key component of our Generation Rx program, which is designed to teach people of all ages about using medications safely,” Jessie Cannon, vice president of community relations at Cardinal Health said. “We created Generation Rx in partnership with the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy nearly a decade ago and have reached more than a million children, young people and adults with its critical resources and messages. Under the umbrella of Generation Rx and our Opioid Action Program, we are pleased to continue the partnership with Kroger around these community-based take-back events.”

Kroger and Cardinal Health’s 2018 drug take-back locations can be found on the respective store banner’s website or the take-back day section of Kroger’s website.
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