Turn in Unused or Expired Controlled and Non-Controlled Medications on April 27
Kinney Drugs, a leading pharmacy chain in New York and Vermont, is partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local law enforcement officials to offer individuals safe disposal of both controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter medications. No sharps will be collected. Kinney Drugs will host events at many of its New York and Vermont stores on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public. A full list of participating locations is available online at www.kinneydrugs.com.
The National DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back raises awareness for public safety and helps address public health issues. Studies show that prescription drug abuse (opioids in particular) in the U.S. is at an all-time high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Many individuals do not realize that medicines stored in home medicine cabinets can be highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. In addition, people do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing it down the toilet or throwing it away – both of which pose potential environmental, safety and health hazards. This event provides a safe, convenient, and environmentally responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.
During the October 2018 National Take-Back event, 914,236 pounds (457.12 tons) of medications were collected.
About Kinney Drugs
Founded in Gouverneur, NY in 1903, today the independent, employee-owned company operates 98 stores in New York and Vermont. Kinney Drugs is part of the KPH Healthcare Services family of companies, a national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH is comprised of four divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a chain of nearly 100 full-service drug stores located throughout New York and Vermont; (2) Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; and (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases. KPH Healthcare Services is an employee-owned company with approximately 4,000 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit.