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					                               PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES


Some prescriptions not accepted. Read attached flyer (next two pages), or visit the
following website for more information:

                                  www.medicinereturn.com

Additional information on safely disposing of prescriptions in the garbage is available on
the following website:

            www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/drugfact/factsht/proper_disposal.html



Return unused or expired prescriptions to the Unwanted Medicine
Return Pilot Program at the following locations in Pierce County:
                  Company                                 Hours of Operation
Group Health Cooperative                       Monday – Sunday: 8:30 am – 6 pm
Puyallup Medical Center Pharmacy
611 31st Avenue SW                             Closed Thursday: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Puyallup, WA 98373
(253) 445-7100
www.ghc.org/locations/index.jhtml
Group Health Cooperative                       Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6 pm
Tacoma South Medical Center Pharmacy
9505 South Steele Street                       Closed Thursday: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Tacoma, WA 98444
(253) 597-6820
www.ghc.org/locations/index.jhtml
Group Health Cooperative                       Monday – Sunday: 8:30 am – 11 pm
Tacoma Medical Center Pharmacy
209 Martin Luther King Jr. Way                 Holidays variable hours
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 596-3350
www.ghc.org/locations/index.jhtml
Bartell Drugs                                  Monday – Friday: 9 am – 9 pm
University Place Pharmacy                      Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm
2700 Bridgeport Way W.                         Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
University Place, WA 98466
(253) 460-6222
www.bartelldrugs.com/stores/index.html




                                           Page 1
Why Return                               The Medication Take-Back Program
Unwanted Medicines?                      is available at participating pharmacies. To
                                         locate a participating pharmacy, call                        Return Unwanted
                                         1-800-732-9253 or visit
                                         www.MedicineReturn.com.                                      Medications
                                         This Program is only available during                        for Free & Safe Disposal
                                         pharmacy hours of operation.

                                         Ask your pharmacist additional questions about
                                         medication use or disposal procedures.


                                                 For more information, please visit
      Your home is safer. Help protect          www.MedicineReturn.com or call
 1.                                                    1-800-732-9253
      children and the elderly from
      the most common cause of
      accidents. Storing unwanted        This program is made
      medications puts everyone in       possible by:
                                                                                                      Protect your family
      your home at risk.                 • Bartell Drugs
                                         • Group Health Cooperative                                   Returning unwanted medications
                                         • Group Health Community Foundation                          makes your home safer.
                                         • Interagency Resource for Achieving Cooperation (IRAC)
      Proper and safe disposal of
 2.                                      • Local Hazardous Waste Management Program
      unwanted medications prevents        in King County
                                                                                                      Protect our community
                                         • Northwest Product Stewardship Council
      the� and other misuse.             • Pacific NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center
                                         • Public Health – Sea�le & King County                       Proper and safe disposal prevents
                                         • Puget Sound Action Team                                    the� and other misuse of medications.
                                         • Sea�le Public Utilities
                                         • Snohomish County Solid Waste Division
      When you return your               • The Russell Family Foundation
 3.                                      • Washington Citizens for Resource Conservation              Protect our environment
      medications for proper disposal,   • Washington State Department of Ecology
                                         • Washington State Department of Social and Health           Flushing or throwing away
      you are protecting local waters      Services – Aging and Disability Services Administration    medications puts our waterways
                                           Project Advisor
      and aquatic life.                  • Washington Board of Pharmacy (Project Advisor)
                                                                                                      and aquatic life at risk.


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                                         Illustrations: Shannon Leahy • Design: EcoChica Design

                                                                                   Printed: 5/15/07
                                              What Can You Return
                                               For Safe Disposal?
How to Return Your                                                                       Medications and
Unwanted Medicines                                                                       The Environment
                                          Return: YES!
                                          R    Prescription medications
                                                                                       Medications enter the water when they
                                          R    Over-the-counter medications            are flushed down toilets and sinks or
                                                                                       put into the garbage or when humans
                                          R    Medication samples                      and animals pass drugs through their
                                                                                       bodies.
                                          R    Medications for pets
     Gather your unwanted
1.   medications. See list to the right   R    Vitamins




                                                                                                 X
     to find out which items can be
     returned. Leave items in the         R    Medicated ointments/lotions
     original containers. Mark out
     any personal information if you      R    Inhalers
     wish.                                R    Liquid medication in glass
                                               or leak-proof containers
     Bring medications to a
2.   participating pharmacy. To
     locate a participating pharmacy
     call 1-800-732-9253 or go to
     www.MedicineReturn.com
                                          Return: NO!
                                          X    Needles
                                                                              X
3.   Deposit medications into the
     secure bin marked for                X    Thermometers        X
     “medication return”.                      Narcotics (controlled substances)
                                          X
                                          X    IV bags
                                                                                   X
     Cleaning out your medicine
     cabinet will help avoid              X    Bloody or infectious waste
     mistakes.
                                          X    Personal care products          X
                                          X    Business waste                          Pollutants from medications have
                                                                                       been found in the Puget Sound and
                                          X
                                          X
                                               Empty containers
                                               Hydrogen peroxide
                                                                        X              waterways nationwide. These chemicals
                                                                                       could impact aquatic organisms or

                                          X    Aerosol cans                        X   degrade water quality.

				
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