D’Youville Does Its Part in National Drug Take Back Day
Buffalo, New York – October 25, 2017 – For the past couple of years, D’Youville’s Dr. Christopher Jadoch, Assistant Dean of the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and president of the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists, has been a passionate proponent of National Prescription Take Back Day, enlisting D’Youville students for community outreach programs like drug take back drives.
“The successes of these take backs are astounding,” said Jadoch. “Volumes of unwanted pharmaceuticals collected at each event which is safely and responsibly removed from our communities then incinerated into harmless ash.” Some years D’Youville alone has collected over 13,000 pounds, or six tons, of drugs during a single day take back event.
A recent partnership forged between D’Youville and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper focuses on trace elements of medications making it into waterways from being disposed of in household drains and plumbing. Traces of various medications has been found contaminating drinking water and, in some cases, altering the biology of fish in the Great Lakes. Dr. Jadoch explains take back events help prevent medication winding up harming both people and the environment through disposal down drains, but it goes much further, helping to make safer communities.
“It removes the likelihood for adolescents or adults from stealing them from parents, grandparents, neighbors, and friends. Infants and young children are less likely to encounter dangerous medications which can be accidentally mistaken for candy or treats causing poisonings,” said Dr. Jadoch. “Sometimes elderly patients become confused about the number of medications stockpiled in their homes, winding up with duplication of medications.”
The drug take back program has brought Dr. Jadoch the community service award from the Pharmacists Association of Western New York and the J. Warren Perry Health and Human Services Faculty Leadership Award from D’Youville College, along with recognition from local and national law enforcement organizations.
Regional take back sites in Erie and Niagara counties will be staffed by law enforcement, pharmacists, and pharmacy interns and students. “I already have four faculty-pharmacists signed up and anticipate more than 40 pharmacy interns and students from the D’Youville School of Pharmacy to help with the event,” said Dr. Jadoch.
“We are dividing the pharmacy intern/student staffing for each site with our colleagues from the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy. Pharmacists from throughout the local community will be supervising the collection at each location.”
This fall’s DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day for the collection of unwanted pharmaceuticals is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 28 from 10 AM to 2 PM. It is a drive-up event and all drugs, medications, syringes, and needles are accepted. Everything collected will be incinerated thereby preventing diversion and environmental contamination, and increasing patient safety.
To find the nearest drop off location in Western New York, visit the DEA website.
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