ARH pharmacies now offer at-home prescription drug disposal product

Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) community pharmacies are allowing patients to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at home. Upon request, ARH community pharmacies will provide a free DisposeRx packet to any patient receiving a controlled substance prescription.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) community pharmacies are allowing patients to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at home. Upon request, ARH community pharmacies will provide a free DisposeRx packet to any patient receiving a controlled substance prescription. Adding the DisposeRx powder and water to a vial will cause the contents to solidify in less than 10 minutes. The vial may then be thrown away with household trash. Additional packets may be purchased for non-controlled substances at a minimal cost. If accidentally ingested, the DisposeRx powder is harmless. "Our goal is to change the way people think about leftover medications," says Tiffany Herald, ARH managed care pharmacist. "Studies show that up to 70% of opiate's provided to patients for short-term pain control may go unused."