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
- 62% of teens who have taken a prescription medication for a non-medical reason said they did so because it was easy to get from their parents’ medicine cabinets.
- More than 70% of people who first misuse prescription drugs get them from their friends or relatives or simply take them without asking.
- Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show that nearly 80% of heroin users report having become addicted to prescription pain medications first, while just 3.6% had a history of heroin use before beginning prescription pain medications.