Prevent Childhood Poisoning, Dispose Expired and Unwanted Medicine Properly [Interview][Transcript]

Guest: Toni Riley

Presenter: Tabetha Moreto

Guest Bio: Toni Riley is a pharmacist and has for many years practised as a community pharmacist and a consultant pharmacist, providing medication review services to the community and in Aged Care. She has been the national project of the National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicine Project (the RUM Project) since 2015 and during this time has commissioned a National Audit and General Population Survey, and most recently a public awareness campaign for the RUM project.

Segment overview: The RUM Project is a Commonwealth funded program, providing all community pharmacies in Australia a method of environmentally safe disposal of unwanted and expired medicines returned to the pharmacy by the consumer. This program has been in operation continuously since 1998 and today incinerate in excess of 700,000kg of unwanted medicines annually. Anyone can return their household medicines to any community pharmacy. The returned medicines are put in a secure bin and then collected and disposed of by high temperature incineration in accordance with regulatory and EPA requirements.

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