Safe Drug Disposal

Do you have unused expired medications and are looking for a safe way to dispose of them?

Before you throw them away, here are some things you should know.

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Disposal Safety

Here’s what you
should know

For safety reasons, dispose of unused medications as soon as possible. Here are a few tips for safe disposal:

  • Find a nearby pharmacy or other local resource with a medication take back service.
    • The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) allows unused prescription medications to be returned to pharmacies or other authorized sites. You can locate participating locations at: usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/
    • Community take back sites are the preferred method of disposing of unused controlled substances.
    • Additional drug disposal information can be found on the DEA website at www.deatakeback.com.
  • If you cannot get to a drug take back location promptly, or there is none near you
    • Mix the unused supply with an undesirable substance such as dirt or coffee grounds.
    • Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or into a sealable bag, then place the sealed container in your trash.
    • Make sure to conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty containers by covering it with black permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off to protect your privacy.
    • Place both the sealed container with the mixture and the empty drug containers in the trash.
    • Only flush approved unused or expired medications down the toilet only if indicated on the label or no other disposal options are available.

More information on the safe disposal of medications can be found on the United States Department of Health and Human Services website: hhs.gov/opioids/prevention/safely-dispose-drugs/

Contact OptumRx or your health plan at the number listed on the back of your ID card for more information about our MTMP.

If you have any questions about the MTM program, please call the MTM Department at:
1-866-352-5305 (TTY users dial 711),
Monday – Friday, 8 am to 8 pm CST.

These programs are provided at no additional cost as part of your coverage and are not considered a benefit.

Page Last Updated On: September 27, 2022
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Tom Cunniffe

Director of Operations 

Tom Cunniffe comes to eternalHealth with over 20 years of healthcare operations’ experience, having held leadership positions in Call Center, Enrollment, Credentialing, UAT and Reimbursement teams. Tom has worked with Medicaid, Commercial and Medicare lines of business and has consistently built teams who are metrics driven with proven successful outcomes. Making sure our business strives for an efficient, best-in-class customer experience is at the center of Tom’s philosophy.

Tom has a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a master’s in business administration from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Tom Lawless

Chief Financial Officer

Tom Lawless has spent the past 20+ years building, sustaining, and growing new healthcare-related programs that balance fiscal responsibility & prudence with creativity & innovation, focusing on models of care that are novel, person-centered, and improve the social welfare of those who are served. He is very excited to continue doing so in his role as the Chief Financial Officer of eternalHealth.

Tom comes to eternalHealth from a not-for-profit, member-centric, health insurance cooperative. He helped the company continuously strive toward its dual goals of thriving financially, while keeping members at the very epicenter of its mission and service model. While there, Tom also spearheaded the creation of a brand new private, charitable foundation, which will be meaningfully giving back to those in need in the surrounding communities for years to come. Previously, Tom worked in the finance department of a successful hospice that provided high-quality care to persons experiencing their unique and poignant end-of-life journeys, assuring that the appropriate financing was always available. Tom’s career began as a civil servant in the Wisconsin Medicaid program, where he helped to create a program that expanded the institutional entitlement to care into home and community-based settings. Starting with only a blueprint in hand, the program now serves more than 57,000 frail elders and disabled adults and is considered a national model. Growing into a senior leadership role, Tom was a key architect of an innovative financing model, through which the public and private sectors successfully collaborated to better the lives of persons in great need.

Tom holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago, with additional graduate work in economics completed at the University Wisconsin-Madison.

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