A new prescription drug drop box has been installed at Peterson’s Fresh Market Pharmacy in Riverton. The drop box installation came to fruition following a collaboration between Intermountain Healthcare, Riverton City’s Healthy Riverton committee, and Peterson’s Fresh Market.
The idea came about in a Healthy Riverton committee meeting where committee member and Intermountain Healthcare Community Health Manager Nathan Peterson suggested that another drop box was needed in the city. Prior to the installation, Riverton had only two prescription drug drop boxes: one at Intermountain Riverton Hospital and one at the Unified Police Department’s Riverton precinct building.
“Leftover prescriptions are responsible for much of Utah’s opioid addiction,” said Peterson. “In fact, 74 percent of Utahns addicted to opioids currently get them from a friend or family member. Prevention needs to be part of the community solution to this problem and drop boxes are part of that solution.”
Community members are encouraged to use the drop box and to encourage others to do the same.
“This drop box will make disposal of leftover or expired prescription medication very convenient for members of our community,” said Lisa Carter, chair of the Healthy Riverton committee. “We hope that people will use this drop box to help ensure prescription medications don’t fall into the wrong hands or become misused.”
The drop box at Peterson’s Fresh Market Pharmacy, located at 1784 W 12600 S in Riverton, is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.