ARCHS' Lifelong Learning:
Region Excess Medication Disposal Service (RxMEDS)
ARCHS' Funding Partner: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2007)
Goal: Safe and "Green" Disposal of Medications
ARCHS' Service Delivery Partners: Schnuck Markets, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Cintas Corporation, AARP Missouri Chapter, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging, OASIS, Senior Services Plus, Saint Louis University
Key Results to Date: 296,650 medication doses safely disposed, ARCHS' Report to U.S. EPA
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RxMEDS Background :
In 2007, ARCHS was awarded a $150,570 grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help area residents safely dispose of unwanted over the counter or prescription medicines.
The grant funded ARCHS’ Regional Excess Medication Disposal Service Partnership (RxMEDS) that focused on educating the Greater St. Louis community about the dangers related to the disposal of unused medicine in the trash or the water system. RxMEDS provided drop off sites for these medicines. This was the first partnership of its kind in the State of Missouri and only one of two funded nationally by the EPA.
Medications collected by Schnucks were incinerated and plastic bottles were recycled through the Cintas Corporation. Data collected provided the EPA with research on the types of medicine turned in (including methamphetamine-related drugs) and the common ways people dispose of medicine. Faculty and students from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy assisted in the data collection and analysis.
The grant also funded educational programs and workshops about the safe disposal of medicines targeting students in 15 area elementary school classrooms.