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News and Updates from the Wyoming Medication Donation Program- December 2015
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Midwest and Laramie Add Sites

Two new sites have been added to the Wyoming Medication Donation Program.
The Midwest Community Clinic, located approximately 40 miles north of Casper, will now stock limited supplies of medication for its residents.  "There is no pharmacy in Midwest.  Patients must drive to Casper to get their prescriptions filled.  Unpredictable Wyoming weather and the cost of travel are often barriers for our patients to get prescriptions filled,"  states Clinic Administrator Mike Smith.  "Utilizing the donated medications is going to be a big help for our patients." 


The Albany County Public Health Department will now accept donations in Laramie. 
A complete list of Donation and Dispensing sites can be found our on website.

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DEA’S Prescription Drug Take-Back Effort-- A Big Success
 

OCT 01 (WASHINGTON) - Thousands of Americans in communities across the country discarded more than 350 tons of unused, expired, or unwanted drugs as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Initiative (NTBI) on Saturday, September 26.

This past weekend, more than 3,800 federal, state and local counterparts took in more than 702,365 pounds of unused, expired or unwanted drugs at more than 5,000 collection sites across the United States.   This was the tenth NTBI event since September 2010; cumulatively, these events have collected 5,525,021 pounds of drugs.

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Buffalo Drug Take-Back Nets Pounds Of Meds

Buffalo Drug Take-Back Nets Pounds Of Meds
 

Buffalo's Drug Take-Back event was this past Saturday at the Shopko in Buffalo, a happening coinciding with the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The idea is to safely dispose of the drugs by keeping them out of landfills and sewer systems to protect the environment, and also to keep them from those who might possibly abuse them.

Bill Hawley, with the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming, Robin King, with Johnson County Public Health, along with local law enforcement were on hand Saturday to collect the unwanted medications, but also to give information to the public concerning some new programs recently implemented.

Hawley explains more about the event.

Robin King described the donation program and how it
works.

Although no final amount of drugs collected is known yet, it was estimated that more than ten pounds had been collected early in the collection day.

For more information on the Drug Donation Program, contact Johnson County Public Health, the information is with this story online at sheridanmedia.com.

Usable Medications Collected at Wyoming DEA Take Back Events

The Wyoming Medication Donation Program partnered with 13 DEA Take Back Sites in Wyoming to collect usable items during the recent National DEA Take Back Event in September. 

"The partnerships between the Wyoming Medication Donation Program and the agencies hosting the Take Back events grows stronger each year,"  states Natasha Gallizzi, Program Manager.  Nearly $11,000 (Average Wholesale Price) worth of usable medications were recovered to help patients in need.
  
Gallizzi reminds everyone that residents can dispose of unused medications year round utilizing the Drug Drop Boxes located throughout the state.   "It is especially important to dispose of unused controlled substances in order to prevent drug diversion, abuse and accidental poisonings."  

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During the Holiday Season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our service possible.  And in this spirit we simply but sincerely say...

Thank You and Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year filled with peace, joy, and prosperity.

The Wyoming Medication Donation Program Staff (Natasha, Wannetta, and Samantha)

 
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