Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare offers three convenient pharmacy locations.
The Covenant Family Pharmacy is located in the Covenant Professional Building at 2710 St. Francis Drive in Waterloo. Hours of operation are: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 319-272-5700 to fill your prescriptions.
The Jesup Pharmacy is located at 1094 220th St. in Jesup and is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed for a time over the lunch hour). Call 319-827-6889 to fill your prescriptions.
The LaPorte City Pharmacy is located at 601 Hwy 218 N in LaPorte City and is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed for a time over the lunch hour). Call 319-342-3620 to fill your prescriptions.
Iowans Encouraged to Safely Dispose of Unused Consumer Drugs
Wheaton Pharmacies Offer TakeAway™ Program for Safe Drug Disposal
In response to news about the presence of pharmaceuticals contaminating the water supply and teenage abuse of prescription drugs, Wheaton Pharmacy locations in Waterloo, Jesup and LaPorte City are now offering a new medication take-back program. TakeAway is a statewide program utilizing pharmacies as take-back sites for Iowans to safely dispose of unused or expired medications that may be dangerous to others and to the environment if not disposed of properly.
“Pharmacists are in a prime position to ensure the safe and proper handling of medications, from dispensing to disposal,” said Leanne Sherburne, Pharmacist at Covenant Family Pharmacy. “Unused or expired medications pose risks to our families, communities, and the environment.”
The Office of National Drug Control has found that prescription drugs are the drug of choice among 12- and 13-year olds, while a third of all new abusers of prescription drugs were between the ages of 12 and 17. Consumers are disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the drain, adding pharmaceutical pollution to our water supplies. In addition, medicines thrown in the trash can end up in landfills if not first picked up by children or pets. Controlled substances, like narcotics, cannot be accepted by the TakeAway program and individuals should contact local law enforcement regarding their disposal.
The Wheaton Pharmacies are a member of the Iowa Pharmacy Association which launched TakeAway in partnership with the Iowa Board of Pharmacy last November. TakeAway provides a consumer drug disposal option for unused and/or expired medications to be incinerated in a waste-to-energy destruction facility. By working together, more than 330 pharmacies across the state of Iowa hope to make a difference for the environment and our communities through TakeAway Environmental Return System.
For more information on TakeAway, including a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, please visit www.iarx.org/takeaway.