A Sustainable Solution to the National Pharmaceutical Epidemic
The improper disposal of medications poses a great risk to our community and to our environment. According to the Modern Medicine Network, "more than four billion prescriptions are written annually in the United States and up to 40% of drugs dispensed outside hospitals go unused, generating approximately 200 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste each year."
They also found that "unused pharmaceuticals are a leading cause of accidental poisonings, contributing to an 80% increase in U.S. deaths from accidental overdose of narcotics between 1999 and 2005." Medications left at home or improperly disposed of can become an easy target for teenagers and pose a great risk to children.
Medications disposed of in the trash often ends up in our environment. This means it can even end up in our drinking water. Absorbed into soil, plants, and animals can be affected. Medications flushed down the drain or toilet end up in the sewer system, which current technology does not have the ability to fully purify. The MMN reports that studies have found waste pharmaceuticals in the drinking water of more than 50 million Americans.
What can you do to help prevent this in your commuity? Find out how the medication disposal Zeedle can remove the danger of unwanted medications below.
How to Use the Zeedle:
Tooperate the kiosk, simply approach the front of the kiosk, place your hand on the ridge of the barrel door and pull down slowly. Holding the barrel door down, place the waste container into the opening and slowly close the door. The kiosk will do the rest. It's that simple!
The Food & Drug Administration recommends: “Take advantage of programs that allow the public to take unused drugs to a central location for proper disposal. Call your local law enforcement agencies to see if they sponsor medicine take-back programs in your community. Contact your city’s or county government’s household trash and recycling service to learn about medication disposal options and guidelines for your area.”
Do you have a program?
What Makes a Zeedle Safe:
First and foremost, our kiosks were designed to protect you, your waste haulers, and your community.
14 gauge steel construction for security and durability
Limited access roll bucket door for safety and cost minimization
-Eliminates access to the collection bin
-Ensures sharps containers are directed to the center of the bin
-Prevents unnecessary waste pick ups
-Locks when the kiosk is full
Weighs approximately 130 pounds and measures 54 inches in height, 21 inches wide, and 23 inches deep, taking up about as much space as an armchair with a sleek design perfect for lobbies and waiting areas
Large corrugated collection bin designed to contain medications
Operates on four C batteries and does not require AC power
Indicator lights shows the status of kiosk
Sonar identifies waste level
Patented safety lock hinge
Custom labeling available
What Goes In a Zeedle?
The medication disposal kiosk is designed to accept all types of medications. You get to decide what is and is not acceptable in your location.
Common Accepted Medications include:
Over the Counter
Basic vs Electronic Model Kiosks
We have two different types of kiosks: basic and electronic. The basic model kiosk is very simple to use, however, it requires your visual inspection to continually monitor the level of waste in the collection bin. To determine the level of contents, open the inlaid door on the front panel with your provided access key. The inspection of the bin should be visual in nature only. No one, under any circumstances, should ever come into direct contact with the contents of the collection bin. This is biohazardous waste material and should be treated as such.
Unlike the basic model, the electronic kiosk does not require a visual inspection. There is an indicator light located on the top left corner. There are four light sequences to alert you.
When the collection bin reaches fifty percent capacity, the indicator light will flash yellow, alerting you that it is time to schedule a pick up.
When the kiosk becomes full, a sensor automatically locks down the roll bucket door and the indicator light will flash red. This prevents the deposit of additional waste.
When the batteries are running low, the light will slowly flash red and yellow.
When the lower access door is open, the light will quickly flash red and yellow so that the door will never be left unlocked.
Do you throw your medications in the trash? Flush them? Leave them in your medicine cabinet, accessible to curious minds, because there are no better options for disposal?
We, as consumers, are responsible for the pharmaceutical products that wind up in our environments.
How much is keeping your community safe worth to you?