To curb the misuse of unused medication and prescription opioid abuse, San Antonio, Texas-based H-E-B is providing its pharmacy customers with a free medication disposal solution from DisposeRx.
Now available at all H-E-B Pharmacy locations in Texas, DisposeRx offers a non-toxic, safe way to dispose of unused or expired medications. When water and the DisposeRx powder are added to drugs, the medicine is chemically and physically isolated in a polymer gel made from materials that are FDA-approved for oral medications. Patients can use the product with pills, tablets, capsules, liquids and powders and can then throw away the vial in the household trash.
This disposal solution is available to all pharmacy customers upon request. H-E-B’s pharmacists can also counsel patients on all medication and on how to properly use DisposeRx.
“At H-E-B, the health and safety of our customers is a top priority,” says Craig Norman, SVP of H-E-B Pharmacy. “As we see a rise in opioid abuse and other prescription drug misuse in communities across the nation, it’s important that we offer our customers, at no cost, a safe, effective, easy-to-use disposal option they can use at home.”
Additionally, to combat prescription drug abuse, H-E-B, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration hosts drug take-back days throughout the year, when customers can bring unused medication to the store for proper disposal. H-E-B pharmacies also take great care to educate all customers on their medications and the potential of prescription drug abuse, and stock naloxone as an option for people at risk of experiencing opioid-related issues.
“We are thrilled that H-E-B has added DisposeRx packets to the list of quality products offered at their pharmacy counters,” says William Simpson, president of DisposeRx. “Now supplied with an effective drug disposal solution and patient education, H-E-B pharmacists can talk with customers about the importance of disposing unused medications in a timely and appropriate way.”