Monroe Kroger hosting Take Back Prescription Drug Day today – Monroe Evening News

Monroe Kroger hosting Take Back Prescription Drug Day today – Monroe Evening News

Kroger, including the Monroe store, is hosting its annual drug take back events at more than 150 local pharmacy locations across the country.
Today, Oct. 29, is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
In recent years, the rate of U.S. adults taking prescription drugs has steadily increased, with the most recent data from the Health Policy Institute showing about 66% of U.S. adults are taking prescription drugs. With these increases in prescription drug usage, misuse of expired or unused medications is always a concern.
“Kroger Health is beyond excited to once again collaborate with Cardinal Health to provide anonymous, safe and convenient locations to safely dispose of any unused or expired prescription drugs,” said Ban George, health & wellness leader, The Kroger Co. of Michigan. “This step is one we can all take to help strengthen our communities and help people live healthier lives.”
“At Cardinal Health, it’s always a priority for us to help lead the fight against prescription medication misuse,” said Jessie Cannon, vice president of community relations at Cardinal Health. “We are honored to work with like-minded organizations such as Kroger Health who are committed to improving the health of our communities and reducing prescription medication misuse. By providing centralized locations for community members to dispose of medication safely, we are helping keep our communities safe.”
The Drug Take Back event ladders up to Cardinal Health’s Generation Rx program, an evidence-informed prevention education program which offers age-appropriate resources to teach others about using medications safely. Generation Rx was founded at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and has been powered through a partnership with Cardinal Health since 2009.
In the Michigan area, drug take back events are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local law enforcement officers will be on site to accept unused, unwanted or expired pills, liquids, gels, over-the-counter (OTC) medications and patches just outside stores (no medications will be accepted inside stores).
Kroger southeast Michigan-area locations include:
Every day, Kroger Health pharmacists are available at store locations to educate customers about proper medication use and disposal. In-store pharmacies also offer naloxone – the life-saving medication that helps reverse opioid overdose – and free DisposeRx at-home disposal packets for customers with qualifying prescriptions.
During the events, Kroger Health pharmacy associates will distribute free reusable totes with DisposeRx at-home medication disposal packets, mental health resources and Generation Rx materials (note: quantities are limited).
Cardinal Health has joined Kroger Health in hosting drug take back events across the U.S. for several years.  More than 115,000 pounds of unused prescription drugs have been collected for safe disposal during these events. To view the complete list of Kroger Health drug take back event locations across the country, visit


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