Michigan Compounding Pharmacy Launches New Drug Take-Back Program for Consumer Drug Disposal

Health Dimensions Compounding Pharmacy launches new plan to take back old and unwanted medications.

Farmington Hills, MI, April 16, 2010 --(PR.com)-- In response to news about the presence of pharmaceuticals contaminating the water supply and teenage abuse of prescription drugs, Health Dimensions Compounding Pharmacy is now offering a new drug take back program to help its patients safely dispose of medicines that may be dangerous to others and to the environment.

“As members of the community, pharmacists are in a prime position to ensure the safe and proper handling of medications, from dispensing to disposal,” said Scott Popyk, owner of Health Dimensions. “Unused or expired medications pose risks to our families, communities, and the environment. We welcome all in the community to come and talk to our pharmacists about their prescriptions and how to store, use and dispose of them properly.”

Popyk is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association which in April launched a new Protect Your Pharmacy Now! Prescription Drug Disposal to help its members create consumer drug disposal programs for medicines that may be dangerous to others and to the environment.

Beginning Monday April 19th, patients of any pharmacy are invited to safely dispose of unused and expired medications at Health Dimensions, free of charge by bringing in the drugs in their original stock containers. The pharmacy will work to return the prescriptions to their original manufacturer and dispose of those that cannot be returned in an environmentally friendly way.

The Office of National Drug Control has found that prescription drugs are the drug of choice among 12- and 13-year olds, while a third of all new abusers of prescription drugs were between the ages of 12 and 17. Though it may be argued that the presence of drugs in drinking water is negligible, more and more consumers are disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the drain, adding pharmaceutical pollution to our waters. In addition, medicines thrown in the trash can end up in landfills if not first picked up by children, pets, sanitation employees, or anyone who rummages through trash.

Health Dimensions is one of the nation's few accredited compounding pharmacies that is recognized for its expertise and custom prescription formulating capabilities. Accreditation through the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) is the new standard of care in compounding pharmacy. Fewer than 100 facilities are nationally accredited.

For more information, you can contact Scott and his expert staff at Health Dimensions Compounding Pharmacy, 39303 Country Club Drive, A-26, Farmington Hills MI 48331,call them at 1-800-836-2303, or visit them online at www.hdrx.com.

Health Dimensions Compounding Pharmacy
Paul Wolfert