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WDH donation program an option for unused meds

Apr 29, 2014 - From staff reports

The medications can be re-dispensed to low-income residents who lack adequate prescription coverage.

The Wyoming Department of Health is encouraging Wyoming residents to donate or safely dispose of their unused medications.

The department's Medication Donation Program accepts unused, in-date, sealed medications (excluding controlled substances). Donated medications can be re-dispensed to low-income residents who lack adequate prescription coverage.

"Many of our friends and neighbors may be struggling to buy the medications they need. Our program offers a way to help," said Natasha Gallizzi, Medication Donation Program manager and pharmacist with the Wyoming Department of Health. "We bring together people who find they have unused medications on their hands with others who may need those very same medications but can't afford them."

As a strategic partner in the Wyoming Institute of Population Health's Medical Neighborhood Initiative, the program has been working together with hospitals and clinics throughout the state to connect patients who need help with the program.

Almost any medication may be accepted, as well as certain medical items such as diabetes testing supplies or wound care materials. Donations have come from the public, health care facilities and physician offices with unused samples. Free shipping is available through a network of donation sites.

Gallizzi noted not all unused medications can be re-used. The Medication Donation Program cannot accept or dispose of controlled substances, such as medications for pain, sleep, anxiety or ADHD.

"Instead, we recommend people take advantage of a local drop box for these items. Drop boxes can be found in many law enforcement agency locations across Wyoming," she said. "Disposing of unused controlled substances properly is something we all can do to help prevent prescription drug abuse and diversion."

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