POINT PLEASANT – Working with the Mason County Prevention Coalition, Pleasant Valley Hospital (PVH) has launched an initiative to keep harmful, unused medications out of reach of children by providing a safe place for their disposal.
According to the 2018 National Survey of Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans have abused controlled prescription drugs. With limited drug take-back programs in the Ohio Valley, Pleasant Valley Hospital is proud to have a new public drug disposal bin designated by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Many people keep unused and sometimes expired medicine bottles that are no longer needed. These medicines could be harmful if taken by other people, especially children. In addition, throwing them down the drain or toilet contributes to environmental pollution.
“Drug disposal programs are designed to help prevent prescription drug abuse, maintain clean water supplies, and protect our children from accidental ingestion, while encouraging the responsible destruction of prescription drugs. “, says Jeff Noblin, FACHE, CEO. “With this new location, our patients, their families and the general public will have a safe and convenient way to dispose of their unused medications.”
The Pleasant Valley Hospital Medication Disposal Bin is located just inside the hospital emergency room entrance and is accessible to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Pleasant Valley Hospital security personnel guard the trash can, which the community can use to safely dispose of prescriptions (Schedule II – V controlled and uncontrolled substances), liquids with tight fitting caps, ointments/lotions, pet medications, prescription patches and excess. over-the-counter substances.
“Properly disposing of unwanted, expired or leftover medications is another way to keep our children safe,” said Ronie Wheeler, coordinator of the Mason County Prevention Coalition.
The purchase of the bin was made possible by the West Virginia Drug Take-Back Program and the Mason County Prevention Coalition is recognized as a designated collection agency for DEA controlled substances. Another drug collection bin in Mason County is located at the main entrance of the Mason County Courthouse. To find other drug bin locations near you, visit takeback.dea.gov.
The Pleasant Valley Hospital Medication Disposal Bin is located just inside the hospital emergency room entrance. Pictured from left are June Kuhn, director of emergency services; Ronie Wheeler, Prevention Coalition Coordinator; Jeff Noblin, FACHE, CEO; and Lori McFarland, NOC.