Drug take-back initiative yields impressive results

Earlier this year, UC Davis Health began offering consumers a safe option for disposing unwanted or expired medication. The Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative permits pharmacies to collect pharmaceutical waste from consumers in special collection bins. Initially, take-back bins were installed in the main lobby of the hospital and near the pharmacy in the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center. In November, two additional bins were added – in the Comprehensive Cancer Center Pharmacy and at the UC Davis Health Davis Clinic Pharmacy.

All prescription medications, including Schedule II-V controlled substances, creams, over-the-counter medications and pet medications are accepted. And since the program went live in April, 1,466 pounds of pharmaceutical waste has been collected.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.