Medication Cleanout prevents drug abuse, misuse

Medication Cleanout prevents drug abuse, misuse

As you tackle your closets and home for spring cleaning this year, medical experts say don't forget your medicine cabinet. When old medications are left to collect dust, they become potential sources of poisoning to young children or may be accessed by teens experimenting with drugs.

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy's Texas Panhandle Poison Center and the Lubbock County VOICES Coalition will host a Medication Cleanout™ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 at the Texas Tech Physicians Medical Pavilion, 3601 4th St.

The event will be conducted using a drive-thru, drop-off format, and signs will be posted. Medications must be in their original containers. To date, 43 Medication Cleanouts™ at TTUHSC have been conducted and 29,000 pounds of unneeded medicine have been disposed of properly. These medicines are no longer a threat for poisoning, abuse, misuse or environmental contamination. Because of environmental restrictions, only medications from households can be accepted. Loads of medications from clinics, pharmacies and other businesses are not allowed.

The Medication Cleanout™ is a TTUHSC School of Pharmacy initiative and is partially sponsored by the Lubbock County VOICES Coalition with support from the TTUHSC School of Medicine and the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department. For more information about the Medication Cleanout™, call (806) 414-9495 or visit www.MedicationCleanout.com.

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