Medication disposal pouches make it easy to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –– The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy is distributing medication disposal pouches for free, that makes it easy to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs.

The university at Buffalo got about 20,000 of these medication disposal system pouches from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. There’s a powder substance inside the pouch that binds up the drug and deactivates it so no one else can use it. The school is distributing them for free at local pharmacies, health fairs, and local assembly member’s offices.

The Senior Associate Dean of the UB Pharmacy Schools say the pouch is safe because it’s made of biodegradable material. It’s part of an effort to fight the opiate crisis.

“There’s a big opiate crisis more than 250 people died from opiate overdose in Erie County alone last year. We have to make sure we keep these drugs out of the hands of kids under 6 for poison prevention, curious adolescents who are going to try things when they find things at home with mom and dad or grandma and grandpa, and it also helps with misadventures for the elderly so the elderly aren’t getting confused with all the medication they have,” said Karl Fiebelkorn, RPH, UB Pharmacy School Senior Associate Dean.

It’s very easy to use, all you have to do is put your unwanted prescription medications inside. Fill up the pouch halfway with warm water and shake it. It works in minutes and then you can throw it in the trash.

For more information on how you can get a medication disposal system pouch, contact Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer’s office at 716-631-8695 or email ranz@nysenate.gov

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