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Cordant’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program Has Helped Remove More Than 214,000 Pills From Homes

DENVER (April 26, 2019) – Cordant Health Solutions™ (Cordant), a provider of innovative tools for monitoring and managing behavioral health and chronic pain patients through its unique pharmacy and drug testing programs, announced that it has collected more than 214,000 pills—235 pounds—of unused or expired drugs to date since the beginning of its prescription drug Take-Back Program in 2016, helping to prevent the potential for misuse or accidental ingestion.

Many are familiar with the advice to change their smoke alarm batteries twice a year. It’s a smart habit because in the absence of the annoying beeping sound that some alarms make when the battery is low, there really is no way to tell how much “life” is left in it.

But there’s another very serious safety issue in the home that consumers should be aware of and acting on at least twice a year. Unused or expired medications—whether forgotten about or held onto “just in case”—pose a danger for misuse or accidental ingestion by children or even pets.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored biannually by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be held on April 27, 2019, providing an opportunity for anyone to safely dispose of unused or expired medication at a nearby collection site.

The threat of medication poisoning, especially in children, is very real. More young children now visit U.S. emergency rooms for drug poisonings than for car crashes, largely due to an increase in the number of children who find and swallow prescription drugs at home.[1] The highest rates of ER visits involved ingestion of common heart and blood pressure medications, while the most serious injuries and hospitalizations occurred most frequently with opioids.[2]

Medications that are easily accessible in the home also present an opportunity for misuse. According to a 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, of the 6 million Americans who misused controlled prescription drugs, more than half (53.1%) of people aged 12 or older who misused pain relievers obtained them from a friend or relative, often from a home medicine cabinet.[3]

Cordant supports the effort to keep homes and communities safe with its prescription drug Take-Back Program, providing take-back envelopes in partner physicians’ offices, substance use treatment centers and Cordant pharmacies for patients to safely dispose of their unused medications, including controlled substances scheduled II–V.

To find DEA Take Back Day collection locations, please visit DEATakeBack.com. You can also search the U.S Department of Justice site to find year-round collection locations at https://apps2.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main?execution=e1s1.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=21920539
[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=23733792
[3] https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2017-nsduh-annual-national-report

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About Cordant Health Solutions™

Based in Denver, Cordant Health Solutions™ (www.cordantsolutions.com) provides innovative tools for monitoring behavioral health, chronic pain and criminal justice cases. Our unique pharmacy and drug testing programs provide accurate, actionable results to protect prescribers, hold patients accountable and optimize quality of life.

As a leader in quality standards, Cordant is committed to developing solutions for payers, clinicians and organizations involved with substance use disorder, pain management and criminal justice agencies. Cordant is one of the only healthcare companies that offers monitoring and risk assessment tools through its innovative drug testing options and full-service, high-touch pharmacies, which specialize in the complex management and dispensing of controlled substances. Cordant’s testing protocols and digital case-management tools help clients become more efficient and effective in using drug testing programs to monitor patient adherence, reduce risk and improve patient outcomes.

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