On Sept. 15, Guthrie will host an Opioid Medication Take Back Day at the Clinic Pharmacy in Sayre, Pa. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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. All medication types will be accepted, but the day is primarily focused on getting unused opioids, such as pain medication, out of medicine cabinets. Opioid medications are highly addictive and are sought after by those struggling with a heroin or prescription drug addiction.
Removing these medications from easy access can help discourage those who may be tempted to use them inappropriately. Safe and proper disposal of unused medicines can also help prevent things like accidental poisoning, particularly in children, and can keep medications out of waste streams and the water supply.
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.
This event is part of Guthrie’s efforts to introduce new measures to help tackle the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs and create safer communities.
Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 300 physicians and 190 advanced practice providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 22 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.