In conjunction with National Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, Oct. 28, Take Back My Meds MKE held a press briefing today in Milwaukee to announce a new program to combat the opioid crisis. “Adopt a Drop Box” aims to ensure every Milwaukee County resident has access to a secure prescription medication drop box conveniently located in their neighborhood.
The program provides local businesses and organizations the opportunity to sponsor a secure drop-box at a local pharmacy. This network of drug take-back sites helps combat the opioid epidemic by keeping unused prescription medications out of the wrong hands. The first partnership in the Adopt a Drop Box program is between host, Hayat Pharmacy at their 53rd and Burleigh location, and sponsor, the Medical Society of Milwaukee County.
“The Medical Society of Milwaukee County is proud to take this important step making it easier for Milwaukee County residents to responsibly dispose of their unused medicine,” said Kathy Schmitz, executive director of the Medical Society of Milwaukee County. “Whether it’s by sponsoring, hosting or using a drop box, we can all make a difference in the fight to end opioid deaths.”
Speakers at the press conference included Jon Richards of Take Back My Meds MKE; George “Chip” Morris, MD, past president of the Medical Society of Milwaukee County; Hashim Zaibak, founder of Hayat Pharmacy; Angela Hagy, Director of Public Health Planning and Policy at the City of Milwaukee Health Department; Alderman Michael Murphy; and State Representative David Crowley.
Take Back My Meds MKE is a coalition of organizations including the Medical Society of Milwaukee, Hayat Pharmacy, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Care Professionals, Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Coalition, Clean Wisconsin, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground, Service Employees International Union and Citizen Action.
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