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Amy Kleve, RPh, PharmD, of MMH Hometown Pharmacy, unveils the new MedSafe receptacle for unwanted medications. It was installed at Melissa Memorial Hospital last week. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

Need to dispose unused medications? Take them to Melissa Memorial Hospital

    If you’ve ever asked, “How do I get rid of unused or unwanted medications?” there is now a solution.
    Last week, a MedSafe Collection Receptacle was installed at Melissa Memorial Hospital in the waiting room of the clinic and pharmacy.
    “This receptacle is for all types of medications that you wish to dispose of to be incinerated off site,” said Amy Kleve, RPh, PharmD, of MMH Hometown Pharmacy.
    The MedSafe unit was listed as a featured item during the live auction at Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Legacy Event in February. The money from Bank of Colorado’s winning bid and gala table sales combined to purchase the receptacle for use by the Holyoke community and surrounding towns.
    Almost everyone has had medication left over that they just decide to hold on to, said Kleve. They think, “Maybe I can use this antibiotic for the next time I get sick.” Or “The doctor keeps changing my dose/drug, I’ll just hold on to it in case this new one doesn’t work.” Or “I’m feeling great after my surgery, but these pain pills might come in handy later.” Or “I don’t want to keep these pills, but I have no idea of how to get rid of them.”  
    “Whatever the rationale happens to be, it doesn’t change the fact that having medication in the house that you are not currently taking is dangerous,” emphasized Kleve.

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