Terrebonne General Medical Center will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 27, 2018, by offering a free prescription disposal service to the community.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has become popular in recent years because it offers people a chance to safely, conveniently dispose their unwanted or expired prescription drugs, while also educating the community about the potential for abuse of medications.
Other agencies in the area will also take part in the day, including in Lafourche Parish where drop-off stations will be stationed around the parish for safe delivery.
TGMC's medication disposal program is called MedSafe and it's a resource for the community to properly dispose of prescription medications.
Through proper disposal, TGMC and the community can reduce the risk of illegal drug use. Unwanted medications are also often flushed down the toilet or sink and medical experts say that can affect water supplies.
The public can drop off their medications in the secure lockbox receptacle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the TGMC Medical Arts Building. Illegal drugs are not accepted.
“TGMC joins a national effort to combat drug abuse,” said Phyllis Peoples, president & CEO. “With the growing trend of drug abuse, working together, we can all help ensure that medications do not fall into the wrong hands.”
Since the inception of the program in Fall 2017, TGMC has safely disposed of over 900 pounds of medications and has been recognized by Med Safe for achieving this milestone of removing so many pounds of medication from our community.