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Safely Dispose of Old Prescriptions April 26

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 9:44 am / April 19, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26, University Health Services is hosting a prescription drug take back program that will allow students, faculty and staff to turn in old and expired medications for safe disposal for free. The drug disposal program will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the atrium of the Student Union Building.

The event is part of the second annual BroncoFit week happening April 24-29 – a week designed to help students, faculty and staff be more aware of all aspects of their health and take advantage of the wide variety of health-related programs and services Boise State has to offer. The events are all free unless otherwise noted. You can check out the full list of BroncoFit events here.

Members from the Boise Police Department will be on site to collect and secure prescription medications, which will then be safely incinerated (for more information about disposing medications, go here). This method of disposal is better than throwing prescriptions away or flushing them down the toilet, where they may leach into the water supply.

Boise State collected approximately 55 pounds of prescription drugs last semester, which contributed to a total of over 190 pounds of prescription medication collected and properly disposed of across four campuses – Lewis-Clark State College, College of Idaho, University of Idaho and Boise State – during the semester.

Twelve percent of Idaho college students report using prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them. The national average for college students abusing prescription drugs is nearly 11 percent.

Boise State’s prescription drug take back event is part of the Idaho College Health Coalition’s prescription drug prevention program, which is funded by a grant through the Idaho Office of Drug Policy. The Idaho College Health Coalition is a 10-year partnership among the four universities to combat alcohol and drug abuse with the aim of promoting healthy lifestyles among college students.

The coalition is in the second year of funding to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework in a statewide college health collaborative. This plan included evidence-based activities and environmental strategies with an actionable timeline to address alcohol and prescription medication misuse and abuse among college students in Idaho.