Mayo Clinic Health System adds ‘Take Back Boxes’

Where to safely dispose of unused drugs...

Mayo Clinic Health System is adding more options to safely dispose of unused or expired medications.

Specially designated ‘Take Back Boxes’ have been placed at Mayo locations in Eau Claire, La Crosse, and Menomonie, Wisconsin.

The boxes are part of an initiative to achieve consistent and safe opioid prescribing across Mayo Clinic.

As the misuse of opioids continues to be a problem in the U-S, Outpatient Pharmacy Manager at Mayo, Natalie Frederixon, says these boxes help create a convenient and safe place to dispose of drugs.

“We have patients calling us on a daily basis, stopping in, trying to find places to get rid of their medications because they don’t know where to go. We want to be a place that they can drop off those medications, and get rid of them, because we don’t want them holding on to it and having them in their homes,” said Frederixon.

A Take Back Box has been placed just inside the entrance to the Mayo Clinic Pharmacy in La Crosse. Anyone can drop off prescriptions during weekdays from 8 am to 5:30 pm.

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