On July 19, Guthrie will host a prescription take back day at the Clinic Pharmacy in Sayre. Community members and employees are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring in any unused or expired medications so that they can be safely disposed. Safe and proper disposal of unused medicines is a good way to help prevent things like accidental poisoning, particularly in children, and to keep medications out of waste streams and the water supply. It also plays an important role in reducing the risk of antibiotic resistant infections. Using antibiotics inappropriately, such as taking them for an illness without specific instructions from a provider, can lead to the buildup of antibiotic resistance, or can contribute to unintended infections like C. diff, an antibiotic resistant infection. Getting these drugs out of your medicine cabinet helps to prevent the temptation for you or others in your household to take partial courses in the future, or for someone to use these medications inappropriately.
MedSafe ® drug disposal units are available at a number of Guthrie locations including Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Guthrie Corning Hospital and Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital during pharmacy hours. During the event on July 19, the pharmacy in Sayre will offer additional disposal containers throughout the day to accommodate a higher number of drug drop offs. Please take a moment to clean out your medicine cabinet and properly dispose of any unneeded medications.