Hospital installs drug takeback box

REPORTER: GOVERNOR CHRIS SUNUNU ON HAND, TO MARK THE OPENING OF A PRESCRIPTION TAKEBACK BOX AT WENTWORTH DOUGLASS IN DOVE THE BRIGHT BLUE BOX JUST FEET FROM THE MAIN ENTRANCE, THE FIRST IN A HOSPITAL SETTIN >> THIS IS PART OF THE PREVENTION SIDE, MAKING SURE THESE DRUGS DON’T GET INTO THE WRONG HANDS AT THE WRONG TIME. REPORTER — >> THE ARE ALL WORKING TOGETHER TO HAVE ZERO MEDICATIONS LEFT AFTER AN ACUTE SURGERY, ACUTE I NJURY. GETTING OPIOIDS OUT OF T HOUSE CAN PREVENT ADDICTION BEFORE IT STARTS. REPORTER: IT;S INSPIRED BY JIM MOSER AND HIS FAMILY, WHO STARTED THE ZERO LEFT EFFORT, AFTER LOSING THEIR SON ADAM TO OPIOID ADDICTION, IN 2015. >> WE TALK ABOUT DRUGS, ALCOHOL, DRUGS IN GENERAL, PILLS WERE NEVER ON THE RADAR. REPORTER: THE MOSERS ON A MISSION IN ADAM’S MEMORY, TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE TALK ABOUT OPIOIDS, SECURE THEM IN THE HOME, AND SAFELY DISPOSE OF THEM AFTER, SO THERE’S ZERO LEF >> THAT’S THE BEAUTY AND MAGIC OF THAT BOX. IT’S AN EDUCATION TOOL AS WELL AS A DISPOSAL MECHANISM. REPORTER: JOB BOXES WILL BE INSTALLED IN CATHOLIC MEDICAL CENTER. PHASE 2 WILL PROVIDE THE ACTIVATION COACHES TO PATIENTS AFTER SURGERY. THEY CAN DISPOSE OF WHAT’S LEFT THEMSELVES. PHASE 3, EDUCATING PROVIDERS ABOUT PRESCRIBING PRACTICES. >> THIS IS A GREAT DAY. IT’S A GREAT THING.

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