MedSafe Milestone: One Million Pounds – And Counting

Since 2014, Sharps Compliance has partnered with pharmacies, hospitals and clinics with on-site pharmacies, law enforcement agencies, and others to make approximately 3,000 MedSafe pharmaceutical collection kiosks accessible to ultimate users for the disposal of their home medicines. Those with unused/unwanted medications can – at no cost – bring their home medicines to a MedSafe unit for safe, DEA-complaint disposal. The program has generated an enthusiastic response: as of December 2018, over a million pounds of unused, ultimate-user medications have been deposited into MedSafe receptacles.
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Spring 2019 Scholarship Contest Winners Announced

Sharps Compliance has announced the winners of its semiannual Scholarship Contest. To enter the contest, eligible college students must submit an essay on the semester’s essay topic. Each semester first, second, and third prize winners are awarded $1500, $1000, and $750, respectively.
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North Dakota Pharmacists Use MedSafe to Help Fight Opioid Abuse

North Dakota’s innovative approach to combating the opioid crisis in rural America involves stakeholders at every level – from pharmaceutical companies to the public. Although the state’s death rate from opioid overdoses is less than half the national average, officials were alarmed when it spiked in 2016. In response, the state launched several new initiatives that focused on education, front-line prevention, and drug collection/diversion using Sharps Compliance MedSafe Medication Disposal System kiosks.
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Reminder: Scholarship Contest Deadline November 28

The Sharps Compliance Scholarship Contest is currently accepting entries until Wednesday, November 28, 2018. To enter, college students studying healthcare next Spring must submit an essay on the topic below along with an application. More details about where to send these items can be found here. Three prizes of $1500, $1000, and $750 will be awarded on December 7.
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New Laws and Prescription Guidelines Target Opioid Abuse Crisis

In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressed concern that physicians were contributing to the opioid epidemic by over-prescribing the drugs. Recent evidence shows that doctors paid attention. In July, Blue Cross Blue Shield reported 2017 numbers showing fewer opioid prescriptions and an increase in new prescriptions meeting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s chronic pain prescription guidelines.
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