Improper management of medications has profound health, safety, and environmental implications. To help address these societal impacts, HealthPartners opened their first medication take-back location at their clinic in Sartell, Minnesota in November 2011. Since that time, the program has expanded to 26 locations throughout their hospitals and clinics in Minnesota and Wisconsin. HealthPartners mission is to improve health and well-being in partnership with their members, patients, and community. In this session, Dana Slade and Charles DeYoung of HealthPartners will discuss how the medicine take-back program supports their mission and why it’s an important initiative within their comprehensive set of sustainability programs. HealthPartners had the first, and so far only, health system based medication take-back program in the state of Minnesota. Dana will focus on the myriad of regulatory bodies that claim jurisdiction over medications, how HealthPartners has adjusted its program in the midst of regulatory change and uncertainty, and how HealthPartners helped lead a consortium of 15 Minnesota based health care organizations called the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement to develop a best practice matrix for medication disposal. Charles will focus on the operational and logistical issues that must be considered and properly implemented in order to have a smooth, legal, and functional medication take-back program across several counties and two states.
The many experiences from six years of operating a medication take-back program will be shared to increase understanding of the many regulatory, logistical, and operational issues that must be considered and carefully implemented when starting a public medication take-back program.