The Rite Aid Foundation recently announced the rollout of its KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program, which will focus on reducing drug accessibility, medication misuse and accidental poisoning of children and adolescents.
“Through KidCents and by working with local law enforcement agencies, we’ve come up with a solution to help address drug abuse and accidental poisonings, both of which pose a serious threat to the health, safety and well-being of our nation’s young people,” said Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Jocelyn Konrad in a statement. “Initial feedback from law enforcement agencies in our pilot markets has been positive and we continue to see strong interest in our program. We look forward to partnering with law enforcement agencies to bring disposal units to the communities we serve, truly delivering on The Rite Aid Foundation’s mission of improving the health and wellbeing of kids.”
Konrad, U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Spokane Mayor David Condon and Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl launched the KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program at a press conference in Spokane.
“The cycle of addiction and drug abuse is heartbreaking. It's something I continue to hear about as I meet with people all across Eastern Washington,” McMorris Rodgers said. “No one can fight this battle alone–nor should they have to. Solving this problem in our community will take the collaboration of local government, law enforcement, and outreach and advocacy groups.”