OSF HealthCare has installed new drug disposal boxes at its hospitals in Danville and Urbana.
Jerry Storm, Senior Vice President of Pharmacy for OSF HealthCare started investigating a drug take back program after hearing people wanted a safe way to dispose of old medication but were uncomfortable taking them to a police station where most drop off boxes are located.
‘’Being able to dispose of them in a safe manner is just one of multiple things that needs to occur for us to be able to put our arms around this opioid epidemic we’re fighting,’’ said Storm.
Special disposal boxes have been installed in the main entrance lobby of OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville and OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana. Items may be dropped off in the Urbana box from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and in Danville from 6:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Those using the boxes drop in unwanted bottles of medication, just like a mailbox.
Items that are NOT to be placed in the boxes include:
- Liquids (including lotions or ointments)
- Aerosol cans
- IV bags or tubes