The program provides law enforcement agencies with free medication disposal units that enable people to safely discard expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
At presstime, more than 40 law enforcement agencies around the country were participating in the medication disposal program, with 76 units deployed in 14 states. Any law enforcement agency in a community served by Rite Aid can apply to receive the stainless-steel drug disposal units. Shipping, delivery and installation of the units is free.
The initiative is funded by the foundation’s KidCents program, which enables members of Rite Aid’s wellness+ with Plenti rewards program to round up in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and give their change to charities focused on children’s well-being.
“Through KidCents and by working with local law enforcement agencies, we’ve come up with a solution to help address drug abuse and accidental poisonings, both of which pose a serious threat to the health, safety and well-being of our nation’s young people,” Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy Jocelyn Konrad stated.
The foundation inaugurated the KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program in an event last month at the Spokane, Wash., police department’s downtown precinct attended by Konrad, Rite Aid Foundation director Tracy Henderson, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.), Spokane Mayor David Condon and Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl.
“Initial feedback from law enforcement agencies in our pilot markets has been positive, and we continue to see strong interest in our program,” Konrad added. “We look forward to partnering with law enforcement agencies to bring disposal units to the communities we serve, truly delivering on the Rite Aid Foundation’s mission of improving the health and well-being of kids.”
The Spokane Police Department received three disposal units and placed them in police precincts and the city’s public safety building.
“Providing our residents with places to easily and safely dispose of unused medication is one more way we can fight drug abuse in our city and, ultimately, make Spokane a safer place,” Meidl commented.