OSF HealthCare is helping to reduce the misuse of prescription medications by installing secure disposal boxes for the public at OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana and OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids. Jerry Storm is the Senior Vice President of Pharmacy for OSF HealthCare and started investigating a drug take back program after hearing from people who wanted a safe way to dispose of old medication but were uncomfortable taking them to a police station where most drop off boxes are located. Derek Holycross, Pharmacy director for both Urbana and Danville adds that disposal boxes will also help keep drugs out of the groundwater supply, and protect children and pets
from accidentally ingesting prescription and over-the-counter medications. The containers can be locked and are monitored continuously when open. They operate like a mailbox and are located in the main entrance lobby, and are operating from 6am to 8pm in Urbana and 6am – 8:30 pm in Danville.
The following, can NOT be placed in the disposal boxes:
– Liquids (including lotions, ointments)
– Aerosol cans
– IV bags/tubes