Introduction to The National Zip-Out Unused Opioids Foundation
We must end the opioid crises, which is destroying hundreds of thousands of lives each year in the United States. It is well recognized that prescription pain medications have been a driving force in the dramatic rise in this health epidemic. While most individuals obtain legitimate opioid medication prescriptions, unused portions of those prescriptions are often left unsecured in homes. Studies show that unused pain medications often fall into the wrong hands with tragic consequences. Simply put, leaving unused pain medications in your home medicine cabinet is like leaving an unlocked gun in your home with children.
The National Zip-Out Unused Opioids Foundation seeks to educate the public on an easy method to responsibly dispose of unused pain medications in compliance with the Federal Food and Drug Administration guidelines and federal law. We are seeking your assistance in distributing the enclosed brochures that describe a safe, inexpensive and convenient way to responsibly dispose of opioid pain medications. The brochure instructs the public to place their unused opioid pills in a plastic storage bag, add liquid dish detergent to dissolve the pills, and then throw away the plastic bag with the dish detergent mixed with the dissolved pills inside.
The goal of our Foundation is to empower everyone to potentially save the life of a young person by increasing awareness of the dire need to clean these dangerous drugs out of medicine cabinets. We believe it is imperative patients take responsibility for ensuring their unused pain medications are not left unsecured where children, young persons, and other unintended users can gain access to them.
We seek your assistance in displaying the enclosed brochures at schools, pharmacies, health care facilities, etc. to help us disseminate the message of the need to properly dispose of the opioid medications that are no longer being used for their intended purposes.
To learn more about the National Zip-Out Unused Opioids Foundation visit its website at: www.ZipOutOpioids.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Board President, Ken Hoffman, at P.O. Box 45090, Kansas City, MO 64171-8090, [(816) 714-3058], KHoffman@ZipOutOpioids.org.
Very truly yours,
The Board of Directors of the National Zip-Out Unused Opioid Foundation
Dr. Susan Mackinnon, M.D. – Chair
Ken Hoffman – President
Patrick Foppe – Secretary
Nancy Vidal – Treasurer