Medical City McKinney October 18, 2018

DEA compliant prescription drug take-back receptacle installed

Medical City McKinney has just made it easier for the community to safely dispose of unused medications with the installation of a DEA compliant prescription drug take-back receptacle in the main lobby. The DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for October 27, but citizens can utilize Medical City McKinney’s receptacle any day of the year.

Patients often discard unused medications by flushing them down the toilet, tossing them down the drain, or throwing them in the garbage. Improper disposal of pharmaceuticals has been linked to increased levels of chemicals and hormones in drinking water and streams.

Keeping unused medications can also lead to drug diversion, abuse or accidents. Approximately, 60,000 children less than 5 years old are brought to emergency departments each year because of unsupervised ingestion of medications, and more than 40 percent of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved a prescription opioid, according to the CDC.

“We are proud to provide our community with a secure receptacle that is a safe place to dispose of dangerous medications and is easily accessible,” said Jason Hernandez, Medical City McKinney director of pharmacy.