By Yan Kennon
Naval Hospital Jacksonville Senior Writer
Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport now offers Drug Take Back to help patients fight back against the dangers of unneeded, unused and expired drugs.
"Proper drug disposal decreases not only the chances of accidental and intentional drug misuse, but also the amount of medication introduced to our environment," said Capt. Evelyn Tyler, NBHC Mayport officer in charge.
Clinic patients can obtain pre-paid envelopes from the clinic's pharmacy (disposal directions are on the envelope), drop-in the medication, seal it, and mail for free.
Patients can properly dispose of both prescription and over-the-counter medications using these envelopes. No illegal drugs will be accepted.
To find out more about the Military Health System's Drug Take Back efforts, visit www.tricare.mil/drugtakeback.
NBHC Mayport is one of NH Jacksonville's six health care facilities located across Florida and Georgia. Marking its 75th year, NH Jacksonville's priority since its founding in 1941 is to heal the nation's heroes and their families. The command is comprised of the Navy's third largest hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. Of its patient population (163,000 active and retired sailors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen, and their families), about 85,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager and Medical Home Port team at one of its facilities. To find out more or download the command's mobile app, visit www.med.navy.mil/sites/navalhospitaljax.