DENVER, Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A new, easy-to-use, drug take-back program, announced by Cordant Health Solutions, http://www.cordantsolutions.com, allows patients to safely and conveniently return unused prescribed pain medication for legal disposal, and help prevent a leading cause of prescription drug deaths – medication theft from the home and improper drug sharing.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, 62 percent of teens who admit taking medication for non-medical reasons say they get drugs from medicine cabinets in their homes. This creates a dangerous temptation to experiment with controlled substances and risk catastrophic outcomes.
"There is a glaring unmet need for a free, ongoing and convenient community-based service that allows consumers to safely dispose of opioids and other drugs," said Susan Sommer, president and CEO of Cordant. "The Cordant take-back program provides mail-back envelopes to patients who use Cordant's specialized pharmacies, or doctors can give the envelopes to patients with their prescriptions."
"We frequently get calls from patients asking what to do with their unused medications," said Barbara Schlimmer, manager of the Odessa Clinic, a rural health system in Washington. "Now we have a simple and practical solution for proper and safe disposal of medications so they don't stay in medicine cabinets."
Patients can fill the Cordant take-back envelopes with unused drugs in original containers, affix the prepaid mailing label, and place in any U.S Postal Service mailbox. The program satisfies requirements of the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act.
"This is the simplest and most effective way for disposal of old and potentially dangerous medications, and it's a major step forward to curb our country's opioid misuse epidemic," said Sommer.
The Cordant take-back program currently is available in 10 states: Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.
Based in Denver, Cordant Health Solutions™ is at the forefront of combating today's opioid epidemic through its network of toxicology laboratories and pharmacies. Cordant is committed to providing solutions for payers, clinicians and agencies involved with addiction, criminal justice and pain management. Cordant is one of the only toxicology laboratories with full-service pharmacies specializing in management and dispensing of controlled substances.
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