EDITED 12th Aug 2016. Please read this post for the most recent information.
Following on from our story, the truth about wasted medicines, Jane sent me an interesting link.
As you might remember, every year tons of out of date, surplus or redundant medicines are returned each year to pharmacies and GPs. According to the story we published, unwanted medicines cannot be reused or recycled and have to be destroyed in an incinerator.
However, according to the site Jane sent me, it would seem this is not the case!
Inter Care is a registered charity which collects returned medication from GP practices and recycles them to over one hundred health centres in six African countries.
The work by Inter Care means that up to £800 million of valuable medicines can be saved from landfill and incineration in the UK, while being used to help alleviate suffering and save lives in Africa.
It’s humbling to read that medicines used for illnesses associated with older people in the UK are not needed by African health centres because the average life expectancy is often less than 40 years. Most people living in the poorer African countries simply don’t live long enough to get age-related illnesses.
If you don’t have medicines to donate, Inter Care can reuse stamps, books and vinyl records and will recycle used print cartridges, mobile phones and unwanted jewellery to raise funds.
Send them to
46 The Halfcroft
And just as you’re getting over your Christmas excesses; bear in mind that Medi Stamps make the perfect charitable gift for the person who has everything. Collecting unwanted medicines for recycling is only half the story – there are packaging and postage costs to take into account too. Medi Stamps help cover these costs as it’s currently an average of £24.50 to send a parcel of medicines to Africa.
The new year is a great time to declutter; why not go through your medication and see if there is anything you could donate to Inter Care?
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