RiverView Health is partnering with the Crookston Police Department and Nimens Espegard to launch a new event called Ask a Pharmacist to help people understand more about prescription drugs and their medications with RiverView Pharmacist Shelby Knott on Tuesday, September 20, at 2:00 pm in the Nimens Espegard Community Room.

RiverView Health Community Relations and Events Specialist Carrie Bergquist explained that the event was originally intended to be a partnership with senior residents of the Nimens Espegard Apartments, but they chose to make it public and invited the police department to participate in the event as well. “What to expect Tuesday, in the Nimens Espegard Community Room at 2:00 p.m. Our fantastic pharmacist at RiverView Health, Shelby Knott, will facilitate conversations, spark conversation topics about what medications you take, suggest ways to take your medication and help you manage problems and how they correlate with different medications,” explained Bergquist. “It may even touch on other health issues, but we want to open it up to questions that attendees have that they may not have the opportunity to ask a pharmacist.” At the event, Knott will also give a short presentation on safety measures and will give suggestions on different ways to take and store medications, a Q&A, and she will answer any questions guests may have about their medications and hand out a pocket list of current medications that participants complete. “It’s a list that we’ll make in a pocket or purse size to list your medications, the directions that include the dosage and frequency, why you’re taking that medication, which doctor prescribed it, and any other notes,” Bergquist explained. “This can also be good for seniors who have a caregiver with them and that caregiver isn’t able to list what their loved one’s medications are, so it’s a great tool for families as well.”

Along with the Q&A, RiverView is inviting Crookston Police Deputy Chief Nathan Nelson to the event to conduct a Prescription Drug Take-Back to have them collect all prescription drugs for proper disposal. Bergquist explains that state law requires a pharmacist and a member of law enforcement to be present to have a prescription to pick up medication and will be there to take medication from anyone who no longer needs or wants it to be safely and properly disposed of. “It could be expired medication, maybe you had a death in the family and you need to dispose of your loved one’s medication. This would be a great time to get rid of them,” Bergqvist explained. “Perhaps you no longer need them and want to dispose of them properly. Whatever the reason, Nate will gladly take it off your hands, but there are many reasons why they want you to get off your meds. Both the police department and RiverView recommend that prescription drugs not be disposed of in everyday trash cans, as this could cause problems for people rummaging through the trash or could lead to other crimes with them. Bergquist also mentioned that people can just come to the event to drop off any medication they don’t use or no longer need if they’re not interested in the presentation or Q&A. Or if they can’t make it to this event, they can drop off any unneeded medications in the medication drop box at the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.

The Ask a Pharmacist event will be held on Tuesday, September 20 at 2:00 pm at the Nimens Espegard Apartments on Widman Lane E, in the apartment community room on the west side of the apartments. Signs will be posted around the apartment complex to direct people where to go, and the Crookston Police Department will be there to assist people as well. The event is free and open to anyone to come and learn about their medications or drop off prescription drugs they no longer need at the Crookston Police Department.

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