Kenmore Mercy Helps Take More Than $40K in Unused Medications Off the Streets

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September 24, 2009

During its recent community pharmaceutical drop-off, Kenmore Mercy Hospital successfully collected and disposed of nearly 600 pounds of medications, with a street value of $40,000, making it the most successful area program thus far.

Working closely with the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy, Kids Escaping Drugs, the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, and Covanta Energy, the hospital organized the community-wide program to help area residents properly dispose of their expired, unused, or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications.

“The Pharmaceutical Drop-Off allowed us to take unused prescription medications out of area households and prevent them from ending up in garbage dumps, polluting the water, or in the hands of our children,” said Frank Heinrich, a pharmacist at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

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Christopher J. Jadoch, pharmacy director at Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Frank Heinrich, pharmacist at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, collect and sort pharmaceuticals.
Christopher J. Jadoch, pharmacy director at Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Frank Heinrich, pharmacist at Kenmore Mercy Hospital

A range of health concerns can arise from keeping outdated or unused prescription drugs in the home or disposing of them improperly, such as flushing them down the toilet. This includes street-level profiteering, abuse, unintentional overdoses, and ecological contamination.

To learn more about proper disposal of medications, log on to the NYSDEC website or call 716-858-6800, option 3.