Rick Fowler, Hamlin, Director discussed on Saturday Morning Update with Rick Fowler
Talk. It is a Saturday morning update on WMA L. It is great to have you with us. I'm Rick Fowler. The opioid crisis is something we hear a lot about interesting statistic from the national safety council accidental deaths from opioids actually overtook deaths from car crashes and twenty seventeen we're joined by an Hamlin. She's the director of training and science dispose are ex there working with the DA the Drug Enforcement Administration participating in a health and wellness day coming up we'll give you some details on that before we finish up here this morning, and it's good to have you with us. Thank you very much for having me a lot of the accidental overdoses and deaths are not people who were just, you know, addicted to drugs, I it can happen in a number of different ways medications that maybe sitting around the house. That is correct Rick on what we know is there about over four billion prescriptions. Prescribing filled every year in the United States approximately a third of these go on news approximately fifty percent are destroyed leaving about six hundred million prescriptions in the household each year. And what that means is those unused drug can become an opportunity from issues and accidental poisonings. And that could be from anybody that could be from a child that could be from a teenager who is interested and curious in what those unused drugs can do. It could be from somebody who comes to service your home for one reason or another and St. those unused medications laying around. So it actually is an opportunity for exposure and harm in a variety of different ways. We're hearing a lot about the environmental impact of maybe flushing old medications down the drain of some people may be concerned. Learned about putting them in the trash and your company dispose are ex has a rather unique approach to dealing with unused an old medications. We absolutely do. We actually have an innovative technology for the proper disposal of medication at the home in the vial that your medication was dispensed. So it is extremely efficient. Extremely convenient for someone to get rid of their unused medication using the dispose are ex powder. Essentially, what that powder is a blend of material that provides for the proper disposal of unused or expired medication and through our technology when the medication water and the dispose are expounded are added to the prescription, vile and shake it the drugs are rendered unavailable. And unusable and can be thrown in your household trash. So in other words. If somebody were to dig through your trash and find the vile if you've used dispose Rx, it is basically neutralized and no longer dangerous. Absolutely. Yes. Well, I know if I were to look in the medicine cabinet at home. I'm sure I would find some old Tylenol and things like that from four or five years ago. So I would imagine many many people listening would have a similar issue of drugs that have expired maybe a prescription that you didn't need any longer. And you just left it in the medicine cabinet case, you thought you could need it again in the future. Tell us a little bit about the educational programs to try and get people to to just dispose of these meds. Right. Well, the third Friday April is national Kleenex your medicine cabinet day on and what we would recommend is that people participate that by looking through their medicine cabinet. Just what you referred to for any unused or expired prescription medication that they no longer feel. They. I need you can collect those in a bag and then bring them to the health and wellness expo on Saturday, April twenty seven at the sterling community Santer, and that is where we will be right next to the DA take-back location. You'll be able to drop off your unused or unwanted prescription. And if you are among the first five hundred to drop them off, you you will receive a free packet of dispose Rx for the next time that you've got on news medication. You'll be able to dispose of it right in your own home. Then you have a very interesting background in working in this field. I do I have thirty years that I actually worked with North Carolina State crime laboratory in their drug chemistry unit. I started out as an analyst we analyze the evidence that comes into the laboratory for the absence of presence of any controlled substances. And when I retired I retired as a friend excited manager. So my entire thirty year career. Was devoted to elicit drugs and pharmaceutical drugs on as an analyst and as a manager of the entire section. So my my job. Now dispose are gives me a different angle in working with the drug problem in our country today, certainly one where it provides me with so much education on the crisis going on which is very different from the side that I worked my thirty year career. Of course, we mentioned the packet the disposal expert, your website has a lot of information. Tell us about some of the resources that are available there. Sure. We certainly do. We've got some videos on the instructions for you than how to affectively us dispose Rx to properly dispose on news medication. We do have a podcast series of podcasts that we did on the opioid crisis as well as a number of other resources and articles. Talk about different aspects of the crisis going on in our country today, including the most recent build HR six that was signed by the president, which we the CEO of the company attended that signing wasn't fighted and attended that signing so there's lots of different resources at suppose are x dot com. That's D I S P O S E R, X dot com and Hamlin the director of training and science at this foes Rx. Thank you very much. We wish you the best of success again, the national clean out your medicine cabinet day this Friday,.