Inspira Health Network To Give Out Medication Disposal Pouches
If you have old, expired or unused medication sitting in your medicine cabinet, it’s privy to abuse. That is, someone in your household (or any guest or visitor) may have access to it, and either use it themselves or sell it on the street.
In recent years, more and more medication disposal sites have popped up, and make disposal of medicine that is potentially dangerous or addictive safer and more secure.
However, the Inspira Health Network is going a step further, by helping patients dispose of medication right from their own homes. The company announced that it will give out 50,000 medication disposal pouches to patients, families and social service agencies. Inspira Health Network is a charitable,nonprofit health care organization serving communities across southern New Jersey.
The pouches neutralize the medication through a combination of activated charcoal and water. You simply open the bag, toss in the medication, and fill it halfway with warm water. Zip it up, wait 30 seconds, and it’s safe to simply throw in the trash.
According to Carolyn Heckman, the vice president of community relations at Inspira Health Network, the pouches are useful for people with kids or grandkids, or regular visitors:
“You don’t know who’s going in there and saying, ‘Oh, I don’t want to take this myself, but I can take this to school and get 15 bucks for each tablet.”‘
The Office of National Drug Control Policy found between 2009-2010, 5% of prescription drug abusers allocated the drugs from friends or family, who were unaware.
“This is just a tool to help get drugs out of people’s medicine cabinets that they no longer need and disposed of in an environmentally safe way.”
Inspira will give 25,000 bags for medical settings, such as emergency rooms, and will distribute the rest to 48 member agencies. The pouches are better known as the Deterra Drug Deactivation System, which is scientifically proven to neutralize medications using the a 3-step process.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology