AUSTIN, Texas, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Superior HealthPlan (Superior) today announced its support of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA's) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 29, 2017. As part of this initiative, Superior is educating members and providers on the dangers of drug misuse and over-use. There are almost 300 sponsored Take-Back sites available in Texas.
"One of our goals in 2017 is to educate our community about the dangers of using opioids and other controlled substances incorrectly," said Justin Weiss, Senior Vice President of Pharmacy Operations at Superior. "Through supporting this national initiative, we hope to help curb prescription drug misuse and minimize drug diversion by encouraging responsible drug disposal. This is a great opportunity for people to revisit their medicine cabinets and get rid of prescription drugs they no longer need to take."
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is part of the DEA's National Take-Back Initiative that began in September 2010. Since the program's inception, there has been a continued increase in participation from state, local and tribal law enforcement partners across the U.S. This day offers individuals a safe and easy way to discard prescription drugs.
A list of collection sites can be found on the U.S. Department of Justice DEA Diversion Control Division website at https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html. Superior is encouraging community members and healthcare providers to find a collection site near them so they can safely dispose of unused prescriptions to prevent misuse and overuse.
For more information on proper drug disposal, including allowable substances/items, disposal options and collection locations, visit https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/index.html.
About Superior HealthPlan
Austin-based Superior HealthPlan is a managed care company that employs more than 3,000 people across nine Texas offices. Superior is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise. Superior is licensed by the Texas Department of Insurance and is a Qualified Health Plan issuer in the Texas Health Insurance Marketplace. More information on Superior can be found at www.SuperiorHealthPlan.com.
About the DEA
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a federal agency drug enforcement organization focused on finding, investigating, blocking and breaking down major drug trafficking organizations and those who lead them. The DEA enforces United States controlled substance laws and regulations and dedicates support to non-enforcement programs that are also in the fight to limit the availability of controlled substances. The DEA website (www.dea.gov) contains further information on drug disposal and their national take-back initiative.
SOURCE Superior HealthPlan