Med-Return Drug Disposal Kiosk Now Open at Hattiesburg Clinic
Hattiesburg Clinic’s new Med-Return Drug Disposal Kiosk is now open for patients to use.
A ribbon cutting was held April 11 at the kiosk, located on the first floor of Hattiesburg Clinic’s main building on 28th Avenue. The kiosk is part of an initiative with the Mississippi State Medical Association Alliance that’s geared towards helping the public properly dispose of unused medications, particularly opioids. The initiative is a response to the epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction in the country, which the federal government deemed a public health emergency in 2017.
The City of Hattiesburg Police Department, members of which were present at the ribbon cutting, will closely monitor and assist the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics in the safe retrieval and destruction of the medications collected at the kiosk.
Heather Rifkin, president of the Mississippi State Medical Association Alliance, said she has been working on the project since June 2017 and is excited that it’s now a reality.
“We are happy to provide this service to the community,” Rifkin told media at the event. “We are hoping that this will be the first of many boxes. We are working together with communities in the surrounding area to try to find safe and secure locations that are accessible to the community for the placement of future boxes for proper medication disposal.”
To learn more about this initiative or other health projects by the Mississippi Medical Alliance, visit msmedicalalliance.webs.com.