Cordant’s Take Back Program

LEADING THE WAY TO ENDING OUR COUNTRY’S OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Cordant Health Solutions™ recognizes that many of the drugs initially obtained for misuse or abuse are not bought from a drug dealer but rather taken from a home medicine cabinet. Cordant’s Take-Back Program promotes and provides take-back envelopes for patients at no charge to safely dispose of their unused medications, including controlled substances scheduled II–V, through the USPS.

The program is simple and straightforward. The Cordant Take-Back envelopes will be placed at physician offices. Patients simply take an envelope home, fill it with unused/expired medications in their original containers, seal the prepaid mailing label on the nondescript envelope and ship via USPS directly to the reverse distributor.

This Cordant Take-Back Program meets the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act requirements for the compliant disposal of controlled substances via take-back.

Cordant’s take-back program removes dangerous prescriptions from medicine cabinets and helps prevent powerful narcotics from falling into the wrong hands.

“The Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan states that proper medication disposal is key to drug abuse prevention.  Studies have shown that medication take-back programs can help to reduce accidental overdosing and reduce the amount of medication in the environment.”

—Sue Sommer, President and CEO of Cordant

REASONS BEHIND CORDANT’S PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK PROGRAM

  • More than half (53.1%) of people aged 12 or older who misused pain relievers in the past year obtained the pain relievers from a friend or relative.1
  • Nearly 80 percent of Americans using heroin (including those in treatment) reported misusing prescription opioids first.2
  • 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.3 Serious injuries and hospitalizations occurred most frequently with opioids.4

 

1 https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2017-nsduh-annual-national-report
2 https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin
3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=21920539
4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=23733792

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