Opioid Safety Programs
Naloxone Program: Naloxone can SAVE Lives
Naloxone is an easy-to-use, lifesaving antidote to overdose from heroin or other opioids. Used in hospitals and by first responders for decades, the medication has no abuse potential and can be administered with basic training.
To help combat the affliction of opiate addiction and overdose, we promote the use of Naloxone (trade name Narcan®) and the use of a take-home Naloxone Kit.
Our trained pharmacists are able to provide Take Home Naloxone Kits and training to anyone who needs and wants it. No appointment or prescription needed.
Naloxone works by blocking opioid drugs, such as heroin and oxycodone, from attaching to opioid receptors in the brain.
If you are interested in learning more about Naloxone, please call any of our pharmacy locations.
Starts with One - Safe Storage Program
FREE LOCKING SAFETY BAGS
In an ongoing effort to combat the opioid crisis and prevent overdose deaths, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is launching a pilot program in collaboration with Kirk’s Pharmacy, aiming to increase the number of customers safely locking up their prescription opioid medications.
“Seventy-five percent of opioid misuse starts with people using medication that wasn’t prescribed for them – usually taken from a friend or family member,” said Dr. Charissa Fotinos, deputy chief medical officer for HCA. “Simple steps, like locking up your medications can stop them from being misused.”
Our trained pharmacists are able to provide FREE locking safety bags to all of our opioid patients who needs or wants one.
If you are interested in learning more about the Starts with One program, please call any of our pharmacy locations.
For additional information, visit GetTheFactsRX.com.
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Medication Take-back/Disposal Program
Kirk's Pharmacy has partnered with Pierce County Board of Health for the MED-Project, which allows pharmacies to be a site for secure medication return/disposal.
“The program is in response to the opioid epidemic,” Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department communications specialist Steve Metcalf said. “The goal is to safely and securely remove harmful medications from our homes to prevent access to opioids or other addictive medications, potential for accidental poisoning of children and older adults (and) environmental harm to our water, soil, and wildlife when improperly disposed of by flushing or throwing in the garbage.”
All prescription medication can be returned at all 3 of our pharmacy locations, even controlled substances and C-II narcotics, like opioids.
***PLEASE BE ADVISED DUE TO HIGH DRUG DISPOSAL - ALL MEDICATIONS MUST BE DUMPED OUT OF THE BOTTLES AND COMBINED INTO A SEALED ZIP-LOCK BAG BEFORE BEING BROUGHT TO THE PHARMACY***