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EvergreenHealth Medical Center Provides Drug Disposal and Drop-Off Kiosk
Date
03/24/2017
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Drug collection and disposal kiosk at EvergreenHealth Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth Medical Center now offers a secure kiosk in the EvergreenHealth Professional Center Pharmacy on its Kirkland campus to allow staff and community members to drop-off unwanted household medications for collection and disposal.

The new program is part of King County’s Secure Medicine Return regulations aimed at reducing preventable deaths from drug overdoses and to protect public health by keeping waste medicines out of waterways and water supplies.

“This is one of many programs in our area that are critical to addressing medication misuse and painkiller addiction, and we are proud to be part of a solution to offer a secure and environmentally safe way to dispose of unused prescription and household medications as part of our commitment to our community,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte.

Under the regulations, pharmaceutical organizations are required to finance and manage the collection, transportation and disposal of unwanted medicine from King County households. EvergreenHealth’s drop-off kiosk is one of several secure locations across the county.

The kiosk is open during EvergreenHealth Professional Center Pharmacy hours of operation, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All prescription medications are accepted, free-of-charge, including controlled substances. Community members should bring medicines in their original container or, if they have loose pills, in a zip-lock bag. Mail-back envelopes are also available for residents that are homebound or have limited mobility.

To learn more about the King County Drug Collection and Disposal program and the King County MED-Project, visit www.med-project.org.

For more information on the EvergreenHealth Professional Center Pharmacy and the services it offers, visit www.evergreenhealth.com/pharmacy.

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About EvergreenHealth
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 1,000 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 10 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Virginia Mason, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated EvergreenHealth Partners network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

In 2016, EvergreenHealth achieved its eighth designation in the last nine years (2009-2012, and 2014-2017) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, and in 2017 it was named one of Healthgrades 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals placing it among the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance. EvergreenHealth was also named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength, two years in a row. For more information, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.

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