Kroger Health/Ralphs Pharmacy and Cardinal Health will host medication take-back events on Saturday, October 29, 2022.

THE ANGELS, October 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Kroger/Ralphs, as part of Kroger Health, and Cardinal Health will once again work together to host their annual drug take-back events at more than 150 local pharmacies nationwide. These events will be held on Saturday, October 29Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Acceptance Day.

The percentage of US adults taking prescription drugs has steadily increased in recent years, with the most recent data from the Health Policy Institute showing that about 66% of US adults take prescription drugs1. With these increases in prescription drug use, misuse of expired or unused drugs is always a problem.

“Ralphs Pharmacy is extremely excited to partner once again with Cardinal Health and local law enforcement agencies to provide anonymous, safe and convenient places to safely dispose of all unused or expired prescription medications,” said Dr. Lynn Lee, Pharm.D., director of pharmacy for Ralphs. “This step is one we can all take to help strengthen our communities and help people live healthier lives.”

“At Cardinal Health, it’s always a priority for us to help fight prescription drug abuse,” said Jesse Cannon, vice president of community affairs at Cardinal Health. “We are honored to work with like-minded organizations like Kroger Health/Ralphs, who are committed to improving the health of our communities and reducing prescription drug abuse. By providing centralized locations for community members to safely dispose of medications, we help keep our communities safe.”

The Drug Take Back event supports Cardinal Health’s Generation Rx program, an evidence-based prevention education program that offers age-appropriate resources to teach others about safe medication use. Generation Rx was founded in The The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and has been supported through a partnership with Cardinal Health since 2009.

IN Southern California area, drug take-back events are planned by 10 am to 2 pm Local law enforcement officers will be on site to accept unused, unwanted, or expired pills, liquids, gels, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and patches (no medications will be accepted in stores).

Ralphs locations hosting the event include:

  • Ralphs #21 located at 1745 Garfield Avenue, South Pasadena, California 91030
  • Ralphs #147, located at 27760 N. McBean Parkway, Valencia, California 91354
  • Ralphs #284 located at 10772 Jefferson Boulevard, Culver City, California 90230
  • Ralphs #604 located at 12470 Seal Beach Boulevard, Seal Beach, California 90740

Every day, Kroger Health/Ralphs pharmacists are available in stores to educate customers about the proper use and disposal of medications. In-store pharmacies also offer naloxone — the life-saving medication that helps reverse opioid overdoses — and free DisposeRx home disposal kits for customers with qualifying prescriptions.

During the events, Kroger Health/Ralphs pharmacy associates will be handing out free reusable bags with DisposeRx home medication disposal kits, mental health resources and Generation Rx materials (note: quantities are limited).

Cardinal Health has joined Kroger Health in hosting drug take-back events in the US for several years. More than 115,000 pounds of unused prescription drugs are collected for safe disposal during these events. To see the complete list of Kroger Health drug take-back event locations nationwide, visit Kroger.com.

About Ralphs

Ralphs Grocery Company is dedicated to our purpose: yes Feed the Human Spirit™. We are more than 18,000 associates serving customers in 184 supermarkets in Southern California. From the headquarters of the company in Los Angeles County, Ralphs is a recognized leader in community service and philanthropy. The company supports Zero Hunger | of Kroger’s Zero Waste Initiative, aimed at ending hunger in our communities and eliminating waste across our company by 2025. Ralphs is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the largest retailers in the world based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information about Ralphs, please visit our website at www.ralphs.com.

About Kroger Health:

Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co., is one of America’s leading retail healthcare organizations, with more than 2,200 pharmacies and 220 clinics in 35 states serving more than 14 million customers. Our team of 22,000 healthcare professionals – from pharmacists and nurses to nutritionists and technicians – are committed to helping people live healthier lives. We believe in practicing at the top of our licenses and allowing “food as medicine” to help prevent or manage certain illnesses. For more information, visit https://www.krogerhealth.com.

About Cardinal Health

Cardinal Health is a pharmaceutical distributor, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical and laboratory products, and a provider of performance and data solutions for healthcare facilities. With 50 years in business, operations in more than 30 countries and approximately 46,500 employees worldwide, Cardinal Health is essential to care. Information about Cardinal Health is available at cardinalhealth.com.

1 Prescription drugs. Institute for Health Policy. (2019, February 13). Restored September 8, 2022from https://hpi.georgetown.edu/rxdrugs/

SOURCE Ralphs Grocery Company

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