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Pharmacy-Based Drug Take-Back: Fact and Fiction - Webinar Recording

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While prescription drugs play a key role in improving lives, they also pose a risk to addicts, unsuspecting children, and pets when leftover and relegated to medicine cabinets. In fact, every 14 minutes a person dies in the U.S. from an unintentional drug overdose or accidental poisoning, and seven out of 10 people who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family. It’s time we do more to combat this devastating epidemic.

Drug take-back programs — collection receptacles and mail-back envelopes — provide the public with a convenient way to safely dispose of leftover medications. Independent, chain, and hospital pharmacies are particularly convenient locations to host these programs. On this educational webinar, expert speakers – including pharmacists, reverse distributors, and others – will discuss why and how they have implemented effective medication take-back programs at pharmacies, and will address the following questions:

  • What are the benefits for pharmacies to collect unwanted medication?
  • What does receptacle set-up entail?
  • How do you choose the right reverse distribution company to collect medications and work with your business?
  • How much does it typically cost to run a year-long drug take-back program?
  • What are some of the best outreach and messaging strategies for promoting your collection services?

This webinar is kindly offered for free thanks to a sponsorship from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.


Karen Ryle, MS, RPh
Director of Outpatient Pharmacy
Massachusetts General Hospital

Karen Ryle is a 1985 graduate of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and received her Master’s degree in Drug Regulatory Affairs in 2002. Karen is past President of the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy and also past President of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. She is a member of the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office Prescription Drug Task Force and a member of the Partner’s Opioid Task Force. Karen is a recipient of the 2005 MCP College Medal and the 2008 recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia. Ms. Ryle is also a member of the Massachusetts Disaster Medical Assistance Team and has been deployed to New Orleans in 2005 for Hurricane Katrina, Haiti in 2010 for the earthquake and New York in 2012 for Hurricane Sandy. Karen’s experience includes 30 years of community pharmacy including both chain and independent pharmacies. Ms. Ryle is currently the Director of Outpatient Pharmacy at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Daniel Moran
Senior Director Operations - Healthcare Solutions

Daniel Moran is the Sr. Director Operations - Healthcare at Covanta Environmental Solutions.  Headquartered in Morristown, NJ, Covanta is the world’s largest owner and operator of Waste-to-Energy facilities.  At Covanta, Mr. Moran and his team are responsible for operating two reverse distribution facilities located in Scottsdale, AZ and Manheim, PA.  Mr. Moran is also responsible for supporting lines of business including Covanta’s kiosk and liner program, flat rate box mail-in service for DEA registrants and several more.  Mr. Moran is a 2003 graduate from Marist College and 2006 MBA graduate from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.  

Courtney Redding
Pharmacist and Owner
Razooks Drug, Oklahoma


Vivian Fuhrman, Ph.D. (Moderator)
Senior Associate for Policy and Programs
Product Stewardship Institute

Vivian heads up PSI’s work on pharmaceuticals, manages several paint projects, and helps lead national multi-product initiatives. Before coming to PSI, she earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Risk and Policy (focused on endocrine disrupting chemicals in the aquatic environment) from Ben Gurion University in Israel, building on a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She has spent over a decade learning and working at the intersection of science and policy, including roles as an environmental consultant, Special Projects Manager on energy efficiency, member of an international green buildings research team, Program Manager for the Global Water Alliance, and organizer of conferences on global land and water issues. Facilitating communication between groups that share a stake in water, energy, and other environmental challenges is the cornerstone of her long-term goals. In her free time, Vivian loves reading, traveling with her family, exploring the Boston area on runs, and taking in as much screen-free time as she can.