LEBANON, Mo. - Mercy Lebanon Auxiliary, supported by the Laclede County Drug Council, will soon host Operation Pill Drop, a prescription drug take-back program where the public can dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications to keep them out of the wrong hands.
On Friday, March 15 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., the community is invited to bring their unwanted medication to the lobby of Mercy Hospital Lebanon. Nearly anything that would be stocked in a medicine cabinet will be accepted with the exception of needles.
“Overdoses from ingesting prescription medications that are no longer being used in the home are on the increase,” said Bob Myers, director of pharmacy services at Mercy Hospital Lebanon. “By removing them, we prevent incidents both accidental and intentional in our community. We cannot put a dollar figure on the impact on the families, but we can see the impact in the amount of ER visits.”
Operation Pill Drop offers the public a free and convenient option for disposing of their prescription and over-the-counter medications to protect their families from dangerous drug misuse and the environment from being polluted. Myers added, “Many times parents and grandparents want their home to be safer for children, but there are many regulations surrounding drug disposal making the process seem inconvenient,” Myers added. “This program makes the process simple and helps our community to be a safer place to live.”
Shantelle Posten, volunteer services coordinator at Mercy, is thrilled to have an auxiliary that shares Myers’ concerns. “We are so thankful for the work our volunteers do to make the Lebanon area a safer place to live,” she said. “They’re truly dedicated to bettering our community and the environment we live in.”
An additional opportunity for the community to drop off unused drugs will take place at Mercy Clinic – St. Robert from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on March 20. For more information about Mercy Auxiliary’s Operation Pill Drop, please contact Shantelle Posten at 417-533-6017.