Keep Temple Beautiful will be participating in Scott & White Healthcare’s “Take Away Environmental Return System” program to accept unused or expired non-controlled prescription and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal. This is a program offered through Sharps Compliance, Inc. that aims to reduce the environmental and health risks associated with the unsafe disposal of medications. Those interested in disposing of their unused or unwanted prescription drugs are encouraged to bring them to the Temple of Chamber of Commerce at 2 N. 5th street from March 21 to March 28 from 9am – 5pm.
Keep Temple Beautiful will kick-off “Take Back Week” with its bi-monthly Eco-Lunch & Learn series on March 21, 12 noon at the Chamber of Commerce. John Wilson, Director of Retail Pharmacy for Scott & White will provide an overview of the “Take Away” program. This event is free to the public and lunch will be provided.
Most pills, tablets, capsules, ointments, creams, powders, inhalers, and liquids less than 4 oz will be accepted. We are NOT able to accept Controlled substances (such as Adderall, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, MS Contin, Ambien, etc.), sharps (syringes or lancets), and liquids more than 4 oz. “Our hope is to roll out an ongoing initiative to address the need in our community to dispose of these medications safely,” said John Wilson, R.Ph, director of retail pharmacy operations at Scott & White Health Plan. “The intentional or accidental ingestion of these medications can lead to harmful side effects and drug interactions.”
Wilson went on to say that, “some examples of non-controlled medications that will be accepted as part of our ongoing ‘Take Away’ program include those that manage diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol, etc.”
Controlled medications such as narcotics (pain killers & sleep aids), stimulants (ADHD medications), and anabolic steroids (testosterone) cannot be disposed of at this time via the “Take Away” program.
About Scott & White Health Plan
Scott & White Health Plan is a non-profit, community-based health plan. The Health Plan is part of Scott & White Healthcare. Its participating provider network includes over 2,300 providers and over 60 Scott & White Clinic locations throughout Central Texas. Scott & White Health Plan has been ranked as one of the top health plans in Texas by U.S. News & World Report for nine of the past 10 years.
About Keep Temple Beautiful
Keep Temple Beautiful is an award winning organization dedicated to making Temple a cleaner more economically viable community in which to live, grow and work. The organization initiates, plans, directs and coordinates programs for litter control, community improvement and solid waste management on a sustainable basis; implementing and maintaining the Keep Texas Beautiful Inc, goals on safety and cleanliness for a better quality of living for the citizens of Temple. To find out more about Keep Temple Beautiful go to www.keeptemplebeautiful.ogr, call (254) 493-4000 or like us on facebook at www.facebook.com/keeptemplebeautiful