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Community Drug Take-back Program, Medication Disposal

Midland Health now offers a convenient, safe, and secure way for our community to dispose of unwanted OTC and prescription medications.

Did you know storing unwanted and expired medications in the home increases the risk of misuse and places children, seniors, and pets at risk for accidental poisoning?  Each year, over $1 billion worth of leftover drugs are thrown in the trash, flushed, or relegated to medicine cabinets.  When drugs are disposed of in the garbage, poured down the drain, or flushed, they end up in the environment. Even if they enter the sewage system first, pharmaceutical compounds reach wastewater treatment plants that are not designed to remove them.

Unused medications in the home are a source of drug abuse in millions of homes, with the opioid crisis in the United States fueled in part by that availability. More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, including raiding the family medicine cabinet. Overall, 22,000 people die each year from misuse of prescription drugs. 

Our drug disposal unit, which is easily accessible in Midland Memorial Hospital, is a great answer to these problems and it’s simple to do. The drop box is located just inside the Main Emergency Dept. entrance.  All you do is come in, look for the big green receptacle, and deposit your meds. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked, anytime, any day.  There are a few items we cannot accept, such as aerosols/inhalers, needles, liquids, and creams/lotions, but feel free to bring any other prescription or OTC medication. 

Properly disposing of unwanted meds is your chance to take part in stemming the opioid crisis and improving our water supply.  Won’t you join Midland Health in making ours the healthiest community in Texas? 




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