Spring 2013 Medication Cleanout
Poison Center Sets Date for Spring Medication Cleanout™
Continuing an important community program that began in 2009, the Texas Panhandle
Poison Center (TPPC) will conduct its next Medication Cleanout™ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23rd at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy Academic
Center at 1300 S. Coulter St.
The free event will employ a drive-thru, drop-off format and signs will be posted.
People dropping off medications for disposal should leave medications in their original
containers when possible. All identifying patient information will be blacked out
prior to disposal. Because of environmental restrictions, only household medications
can be accepted. Medications from clinics, pharmacies and other businesses are not
The Medication Cleanout™ program seeks to reduce the roughly 38,000 poisoning deaths
that occur throughout the country each year by giving people a safe method for disposing
unused, expired or unneeded medications from in a free, legal, convenient and environmentally
“This is also a good opportunity for families who have had a loved one pass away to
safely dispose of those remaining medications,” said TPPC Managing Director Jeanie
When left in the home, medications can become potential sources of poisoning to young
children or accessed by teens that may be experimenting with drugs. However, flushing
or throwing away old medications can contaminate the environment, pollute drinking
and groundwater and harm aquatic creatures.
In 22 previous Medication Cleanout™ events, TPPC has collected more than 9,600 pounds
of unused medications, including 694 pounds of controlled substances. Because of the
program’s success, Jaramillo said the School of Pharmacy has more data regarding unused
medications than any other known entity in the U.S. She hopes the data will be used
to drive prescribing and dispensing practice changes and to push for laws that give
people the ability to donate unused, tamper-sealed medications.
For more information about the Medication Cleanout, contact TPPC at (806) 351-5626
or visit www.MedicationCleanout.com.