Are you a Hospital/Health System looking to give your community a safe way to dispose of unused prescription medication? Looking to make a large impact within your community with regards to todays opioid crisis? The 525 Foundation can help you secure permanent Co-Branded prescription drop boxes.
Executive Director of Operations
Elkhart General Hospital
“The Drop 2 Stop boxes are a huge benefit to the community. Typically, health systems are focused on prescribing and dispensing medications and can often lose sight of the need for retrieving and disposing of unused and unwanted medications in a safe manner. Partnering with the 525 Foundation has provided a great opportunity to offer the community a safe and easy method to dispose of medications, that would otherwise linger in peoples’ homes. The medications collected in the Drop 2 Stop boxes represent the prevention of a possible accidental overdose or death, and they raise awareness of the need to routinely clean out our medicine cabinets.”
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS A PERMANENT PRESCRIPTION DISPOSAL BOX?
Prescription Drop Box is a DEA ( Drug Enforcement Agency) approved secure Drop Box for people to drop off their unwanted or expired prescription medications so they don't end up in the wrong hands.
WHERE CAN PERMANENT PRESCRIPTION DROP BOXES BE LOCATED?
Prescription Drop Boxes can be installed in the following locations: Police Department/Law Enforcement, Free Standing Pharmacy or within a Hospital/Clinic that has a Pharmacy and a Licensed Pharmacist.
HOW SECURE ARE THE PRESCRIPTION DROP BOXES?
Our Drop Boxes are trusted by the DEA ( Drug Enforcement Agency) and are fully compliant with their guidelines. The Drop Boxes are rust-proof and made in the USA with 18-gauge powder-coated steel. The secure Drop Box should be bolted to the floor in its permanent location. 525 Foundation is not responsible for the installation of the Drop Box.
WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE PRESCRIPTION DROP BOX?
Our Drop Box Dimensions:
19" x 20.5" x 47" Tall
WHAT IS THE COST OF A PRESCRIPTION DROP BOX?
Please contact us today to discuss a drop box for your specific location. Due to shipping costs varying per state we would be happy to quote you once we know more about your location and needs.
HOW ARE THE PILLS STORED IN THE DROP BOX UNTIL DESTRUCTION OF THE PILLS?
The Drop Box holds special liners inside the box itself. The liners come in a value pack of 3 and hold up to 28 gallons of waste. How soon you will need to order more will be solely dependent upon how often your community members are utilizing their Drop Box
WHAT IS THE COST TO DISPOSE OF THE PRESCRIPTION PILLS WHEN THE DROP BOX NEEDS TO BE EMPTIED?
The cost of the value pack of liners (3) is $489.95. This Price includes the liners, shipping, and the destruction of the meds.
WHO EMPTIES THE DROP BOXES AND SHIPS THEM OFF FOR DESTRUCTION?
Law Enforcement Agencies do not need to purchase the liners or ship them for destruction as they are able to do their own destruction. If you are a Pharmacy or Hospital/Clinic, this process should involve 2 people and that number should always included a Licensed Pharmacist to be present. Each facility will have their own Policies and Procedures around this step of the process.
HOW CAN I GET A DROP 2 STOP BOX FOR MY COMMUNITY?
First, check with the facility you wish to have the Drop Box at, make sure they are willing to have the Drop Box in their facility. Then, simply visit our website at and click on the "contact us" tab and our Program Manager will get in touch with you about placing your order.
HOW DO COMMUNITIES PAY FOR THE DROP BOXES?
Some communities may have grants that you may be able to apply for to help fund the cost of the Prescription Drop Box. Communities can also do this as a High School Senior Service Project where the High Schoolers would raise money from the community to fund the purchase of the Drop Box for their community. You can also ask for sponsors in your community to sponsor the Drop Box.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET OUR DROP BOX AFTER WE ORDER IT?
It typically takes 4-6 weeks from the time the order is submitted to the time it arrives at your facility. This time period includes build time of the unit, graphics package applied to Drop Box and the shipping of the unit to your facility. This 4-6 week period gives you time to spread the word to your community and do some marketing/media around the Prescription Drop Box your Community is about to receive!
HOW ARE THE PILLS DESTRUCTED?
Law enforcement is responsible for their own destruction. Any other facility will package up the box of medications with a Licensed Pharmacist. The package is then logged into the tracking system and shipped to the destruction facility. Once destruction is complete data on how many pounds of pills were destructed of will be given back to the Drop 2 Stop Facility and the 525 Foundation.
ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL LICENSES REQUIRED?
If you are a Pharmacy within a Hospital/Clinic/Grocery Store, you will need to apply with Form 224 with the DEA for a TAKE BACK LICENSE before you may start the process of promoting your Drop 2 Stop Prescription Drop Box. The application fee is $731.00 through the DEA website and is good for 3 years. Once you apply for the Take back status, a local DEA agent will come out and inspect where you plan on putting the drop box.
WHAT ARE ACCEPTABLE ITEMS AND NOT ACCEPTABLE ITEMS FOR YOUR DROP BOX?
Prescriptions- schedule II-V controlled & non controlled substances
Over the counter medication
Vape Pens without the battery
Not Acceptable Items:
Lotions or Liquids
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