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Frontier Pharmacy launches new drug take-back program

In response to news about the presence of pharmaceuticals contaminating the water supply and teenage abuse of prescription drugs, Frontier Pharmacy, 3306 Sheyenne St., Suite 218, West Fargo, is now offering a new drug take-back program to help its patients safely dispose of medicines that may be dangerous to others and to the environment.

"As members of the community, pharmacists are in a prime position to ensure the safe and proper handling of medications, from dispensing to disposal," said Jayme Steig, RPh. "Unused or expired medications pose risks to our families, communities, and the environment. We often get asked about the safe disposal of medications. We welcome all in the community to come and talk to our pharmacists about their prescriptions and how to store, use and dispose of them properly."

Frontier Pharmacy is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association which in April launched a new Prescription Drug Disposal program to help its members create consumer drug disposal programs for medicines that may be dangerous to others and to the environment.

Patients of any pharmacy are invited to safely dispose of unused and expired medications at Frontier Pharmacy. Frontier Pharmacy patients may dispose of medications free of charge by bringing in the drugs in their original stock containers. Patients of other pharmacies can dispose as many medications as they wish for a small $3 disposal fee. The pharmacy will work to dispose of the drugs using the Sharps TakeAway Environmental Return System, a safe, easy method to dispose of unused patient medications in an environmentally friendly way.

The Office of National Drug Control has found that prescription drugs are the drug of choice among 12- and 13-year-olds, while a third of all new abusers of prescription drugs were between the ages of 12 and 17. Though it may be argued that the presence of drugs in drinking water is negligible, more and more consumers are disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the drain, adding pharmaceutical pollution to our waters. In addition, medicines thrown in the trash can end up in landfills if not first picked up by children, pets, sanitation employees, or anyone who rummages through trash.

For more information contact Steig at 701-356-7455.