DCMH Installs Safe Drug Disposal Box

Pictured from left to right are Taylor Gramman, Josh Pike, and Amber Myers with Decatur County Memorial Hospital, and Sandra Gabbard and Christopher Fogle with the Greensburg Prevention Group. (Provided Photo)

(Greensburg, IN) – Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) has installed a new Safe Drug Disposal Box.

The hospital says the initiative is in partnership with the Greensburg Prevention Group (GPG), and is part of DCMH’s ongoing commitment to promote public health and safety by providing a secure and environmentally responsible way to dispose of expired or unused medications.

Prescription drug misuse and environmental contamination are growing concerns, and improper disposal of medications can lead to accidental poisonings, substance abuse, and environmental harm.

By offering a safe and convenient disposal option, DCMH and GPG aim to reduce these risks and help protect your family, the community, and the water supply.

“With GPG’s help and partnership, we now have a safe, secure, and compliant way for our community to dispose of expired and unused medications,” said DCMH Director of Pharmacy Josh Pike, PharmD.

The items that can be disposed of in the Safe Drug Disposal Box include expired prescription medications and unused or expired over-the-counter medication in any dosage form, in their original container or a sealed bag.

Some items that cannot be disposed of in the box include herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, cosmetics, other personal care products, empty medical devices, batteries, sharps/needles, mercury-containing thermometers, aerosol cans, and illicit drugs.

“This is an incredibly important resource and service we can now provide. It’s also a great reason for our community to stop in and see us in the Retail Pharmacy,” said DCMH Retail Pharmacy Supervisor Amber Myers, PharmD.

The Safe Drug Disposal Box is located in the hospital’s Retail Pharmacy and is accessible Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DCMH and GPG is encourage you to use this service to ensure the safe disposal of medications; prevent them from falling into the wrong hands, and eliminate potential environmental hazards.