Denver, CO – An effective, easy-to-use, prescription take-back program is now available nationwide to help workers’ compensation providers assure safe, convenient and legal disposal of unused prescribed pain medications.
“The workers’ comp industry uses 10 times more opioids than other health insurance payers,” said Susan Sommer, president and CEO, Cordant Health Solutions. “Cordant is offering its collection kits for unused drugs to physicians who treat workers’ comp patients for acute and chronic pain. This can be a lifesaver because sometimes opioids and other pain medications kept in the injured worker’s home medicine cabinet can get into the wrong hands with tragic results.”
A recent study published by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reported that nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely. Furthermore, in a national survey published in Pediatrics, 681 adults who said they used opioid pain relievers in the past year had children ages 17 and younger living with them, but only 31 percent of those surveyed safely stored the medications away from their children. Sixty-two percent of teens who admit taking medication for non-medical reasons say they get drugs from medicine cabinets in their homes, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Cordant partners with some of the largest worker’s comp payers. Its prescription take-back program enables patients to place their unused drugs in nondescript take-back envelopes with a prepaid mailing label and deposit in any U.S. Postal Service mailbox. This program satisfies requirements of the DEA’s Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act.
“Our take-back program is simple to implement: all it takes is a request on our webpage and we will send 25 envelopes to help a practice get started,” said Sommer. “In our experience, Cordant’s take-back program has been effective for safe disposal of unused medications and also for educating patients that old drugs should not be left in medicine cabinets, where curious adolescents could experiment with them.” She added that, so far, Cordant’s prescription take-back program has led to the destruction of more than 72 pounds, or an estimated 65,500 pills, that otherwise might have stayed in medicine cabinets.
Source: Cordant Health Solutions