Cold medicine, vitamins, and medication are a common staple in any given household, but how to handle these products after you are done using them or they have expired is more difficult and not well known.
St. Cloud State Universities Student Health Services kicked off their Drug Take Back Week this Monday in an effort to help teach people how to do just that, while also combating a larger issue the country is facing.
“We are celebrating our prescription drug take back box we have now in Health Services in the pharmacy; so it’s available everyday that we are open for our campus community to dispose of unused, unwanted medications, over-the-counter products, vitamins… things like that, that are in your medicine cabinet that you aren’t using anymore,” said Student Health Services director, Corie Beckermann.
As the main sponsor, Student Health Services worked with a few other organizations including UChoose, the Recovery Committee, & Healthy Huskies to make the Take Back Box a permanent fixture on the campus. They also had a community sponsor, JVP1 Foundation, who made a large difference in placing the box.
Beckermann said, “We want to make sure that people have a place to dispose of them properly.”
The box provided an opportunity for SCSU to help fight a larger issue that is facing the state, the opioid crisis that was announced by President Trump. Student Health Services Pharmacy manager, Lynn Leaf, said, “Get rid of the narcotics were having an opioid crisis… get them in a take back box.”
Lynn talked stated that take back boxes were sweeping the nation in hopes of providing a small start to fix this large issue. She said boxes were located everywhere in other cities including police stations and government centers.
Though the box is set up for students, faculty, and staff at St. Cloud State, it is open to any one in the granite city community that wants to use it. Student Health Services is open from 9:30 a.m. – 5p.m. weekdays and the box will be available the same time.
Items that will be accepted in the box include:
- Prescription medications, ointments, & patches
- Over-the-counter medications
- Pet medications
Items that need to be disposed of in another facility include:
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Aerosol cans
For these products you can go to your local bio hazardous waste facility to find the best ways to dispose of them.
Over the next two weeks Student health Services will be promoting the Take Back Drug Week event, and will be giving a prize to each individual who drops something in the box. Participants will also be entered into a raffle to potentially win a t-shirt.
For more information on Drug Take Back Week or the drug take back box, visit Student Health Services, located behind Hill Hall.