California group lauds Walgreens for prescription take-back program

Walgreen’s program involved the installation of safe medication disposal kiosks at more than 600 pharmacies across 45 states.
Walgreen’s program involved the installation of safe medication disposal kiosks at more than 600 pharmacies across 45 states. | File photo

Walgreens has been awarded the 2017 Infinity Arrow Award for Service and Take Back by the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) in recognition of the company’s Safe Medication Disposal program.

“When it comes to tackling societal problems like drug addiction and water pollution, industries have a key role to play – Walgreens has stepped forward to help fill that role when it comes to the problems of unused and unwanted medicines,” Heidi Sanborn, executive director of the California Product Stewardship Council, said in a statement. “Their Safe Medication Disposal program is an excellent example of a company being part of the solution.”

Walgreen’s program involved the installation of safe medication disposal kiosks at more than 600 pharmacies across 45 states and the District of Columbia. In just one year of existence, the program has led to the proper disposal of 72 tons of unwanted medication.

“Walgreens is taking an important step to curb the misuse of medications throughout the country. We thank the California Product Stewardship Council for recognizing the importance of providing a convenient take back solution,” Jason Cunningham, Walgreens' regional vice president, said in a statement. “As a pharmacy, we are committed to playing a role in what must be a comprehensive solution to prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse.”

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