DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Meijer announced Thursday that it is launching its new Consumer Drug Take-Back Program by installing in-store kiosks aimed at helping customers safely and properly dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at no cost.
The kiosks can be found in the pharmacy area in all 241 Meijer supercenters across the Midwest.
“Meijer is thrilled to be one of the first in our industry to provide a secure and convenient prescription drug take-back program at all stores in the communities we serve,” said John Beauch, Vice President of Meijer Pharmacy. “The Meijer Drug Take-Back Program allows our customers to remove the risk of an unforeseen accident occurring with expired or unused medications, while enabling them to properly dispose prescription drugs and reducing the possibility of creating a public health hazard.”
Customers are welcome to use the kiosks during pharmacy hours to dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications including opioids, controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications.
According to the DEA’s 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that most abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.