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Hawthorne Pharmacy offers drug disposal program

Posted: May 3, 2011 10:27 a.m.
Updated: May 4, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Hawthorne Pharmacy has launched a new drug take-back program to help patients safely dispose of medicines that may be dangerous to others and the environment.

Gary Jones with Hawthorne Pharmacy is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association which in April launched a new “Protect Your Pharmacy Now! Prescription Drug Disposal” to help members create consumer drug disposal programs for medicines with potential danger to others and the environment.

“As members of the community, pharmacists are in a prime position to ensure the safe and proper handling of medications, from dispensing to disposal,” said Jones. “Unused or expired medications pose risks to our families, communities and the environment. We welcome all in the community to come and talk to our pharmacists about their prescriptions and how to store, use and dispose of them properly.”

The Office of National Drug Control has found that prescription drugs are the drug of choice among 12- and 13-year-olds, while a third of all new abusers of prescription drugs were between the ages of 12 and 17.

Consumers are also disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the drain, adding pharmaceutical pollution to waters. In addition, medicines thrown in the trash may end up in landfills if not first retrieved by someone from the trash.

Hawthorne Pharmacy is located at 2339 Broad St. in Camden and 84 U.S. 1 South in Lugoff.

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