Contact: Robert Sisk
Media Specialist, RMH Corporate Communications
In collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, RMH will serve as a collection site for unused, expired and unneeded prescriptions for the semi-annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 26.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue and may cause accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. Homes with children or elderly persons are especially vulnerable to prescription drug hazards.
“Medications lose their potency once the expiration date has passed. Some medications may even become dangerous,” said John Lubkowski, operations manager, RMH Pharmacy. “Even antibiotics should be disposed of after you have finished the prescribed course. Saving them and taking them for a later infection may make germs resistant to the antibiotics if you use the wrong one or don’t take enough.”
The DEA and the Food and Drug Administration discourage disposal of unused medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the garbage due to potential safety, health and environmental hazards.
Drugs may be brought to RMH and placed in bins in the parking lot of the RMH Funkhouser Women’s Center (close to the Port Republic Road entrance to the campus). Drugs may be left in their original container or emptied into bins. The drugs will remain in the custody of a Rockingham County Sheriff’s deputy until they can be incinerated. No drugs should be brought to the RMH Pharmacy.
Medications may also be disposed of at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg Public Safety Building and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.
No questions will be asked of anyone about the drugs brought for disposal. No syringes, marijuana or other street drugs should be left at disposal sites.