The Cardinal Health Foundation and Kroger will host drug take-back events at more than 200 local pharmacy locations across the country from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019, as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. You can find drug take-back locations at one of the links below:
- Kroger take-back locations
- Harris Teeter take-back locations
- Ralphs take-back locations
Local law enforcement officers will be on site to help participants securely dispose of their medications. Kroger pharmacy associates will offer free DisposeRx® at-home medication disposal packets.
According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 53% of those who misused prescription pain medications obtained them from a friend or relative. Kroger and Cardinal Health have been deeply committed to finding and supporting solutions to prescription drug misuse for many years.
According to Mr. Jessie Cannon: “The Cardinal Health Foundation is proud to continue our partnership with Kroger to host annual drug take-back events across the country in order to help local communities dispose of unused or deceased medications,” He is the vice president of the Community Relations at the Cardinal Health. “These events provide an opportunity to shine a light on the importance of using—and disposing of—medications safely. For a decade, we’ve been educating people all across the country on safe medication practices with Generation Rx, the prevention education program created by the Cardinal Health Foundation”
Generation Rx has four critically important medication safety principles:
- Only use prescription medications as directed by a health professional
- Never share your prescription medications with others or use someone else’s prescription medications
- Always store your medications securely to prevent others from taking them, and properly dispose of medications that you no longer need
- Be a good example to those around you by modeling these safe medication-taking practices and discussing the dangers of misusing prescription drugs with your family, friends, colleagues, students or patients