Consumer Drug Return and Disposal Program

Our nation is faced with many environmental challenges such as global warming and climate change, however; a less publicized environmental threat, but no less critical, is the amount of prescription and over-the-counter medications that are ending up in our rivers, streams and drinking water. For years, unused or expired prescription medications have been dumped into drains and toilets, often seeping into our water supply. The U.S. Geological Survey reports show that 80% of surface water samples taken nationwide contained one or more pharmaceutical products including common medications such as acetaminophen, hormones, blood pressures medicines, codeine and antibiotics.

In an effort to help keep pharmaceuticals out of West Virginia’s water, Greenbrier Medical Arts Pharmacy is offering free and safe disposal of expired and unused medications through our Green RX Consumer Drug Return Program. Returned medications are safely hauled to a certified hazardous waste and incineration facility for destruction. Both the EPA and World Health Organization recommend this method of disposal over flushing unused medications.

Please read here about which medications are accepted, and how to return them to Greenbrier Medical Arts Pharmacy on Rt. 219N in Lewisburg. The Consumer Drug Return Program will be ongoing and medications can be dropped-off Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 6pm and from 8:30am to noon on Saturday. For more information call 304-647-1377.