Rx disposal funds available

Posted on: January 8, 2016 2:00 pm

From Cardinal Health: Cardinal Health and the Generation Rx program are now accepting applications for the Generation Rx Medication Disposal Grant Program. Since 2009, the Cardinal Health Foundation has invested over $4.7 million in partnerships and grants across the country to raise awareness and knowledge about the dangers of prescription drug misuse through the Generation Rx program. Unfortunately, easy access to unused/expired medications continues to be a significant reason for medication falling into the wrong hands. One of the most important yet simple ways communities can reduce prescription drug misuse is to encourage the proper disposal of unused/expired medications. The Cardinal Health Foundation wants to support communities as they start a disposal program or maintain an existing program. We are currently accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations to support promotion and education efforts associated with community disposal programs. Details on the grant program can be found at www.cardinalhealth.com/en/about-us/community-relations/population-health/rx-drug-misuse-and-abuse.html. Funding requests of $10,000 - $25,000 will be considered. Application deadline is January 22, 2016. Any 501c3 non-profit organization interested in starting or maintaining a community medication disposal program is eligible. This may include community coalitions, schools and universities, hospitals or other healthcare institutions, pharmacy, prescriber or healthcare provider organizations, substance misuse prevention groups, law enforcement, environmental safety groups and civic/community organizations. Medication disposal is a community effort, and as such all non-profits are encouraged to apply. The grant program seeks to: increase awareness of the disposal program and increase participation of community members in the program; increase awareness of how to prevent prescription medication misuse, and the importance of disposing of unused/expired medications in preventing misuse; involve both youth and pharmacists or student pharmacists in the disposal program.