(Beaver Dam) The Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam Pharmacy has installed a medication disposal receptacle. The project is a partnership between the hospital and the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention of Dodge County.
Similar partnerships have provided residents with drug deactivation kits to help properly dispose of unwanted or expired medications at home, reducing the unintended access to prescription medications. Drug take-back events and educational sessions for drug prescribers regarding prescription misuse are other ways Substance Abuse Prevention of Dodge County and its partners address the issue.
Customers and patients are able to bring in their unused medications to the hospital’s pharmacy, located on the first floor of the medical office building, and drop them into the specially designed container.
Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam Chief Administrative Officer Angelia Foster says safely disposing of unused medications is an effective way to reduce drug misuse and keep communities safer. She adds that it is also another example of how collaboration among like-minded organizations can accomplish more together than they can alone for the betterment of those they serve.
The medication disposal box joins other Dodge County-area receptacles located at police departments in Beaver Dam, Columbus, Horicon, Juneau, Lomira, Mayville, Watertown, Waupun, and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.
Photo: Jess Garcia, coalition coordinator with Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention of Dodge County, shown next to the receptacle in the MMC-BD Pharmacy.