2022 Incentive Grant Recipient

2022 Incentive Grant Recipient: Michael Coleman, PharmD



Project Proposal: Evaluation of Medication Disposal Behaviors Following Outpatient Surgery after Counseling by a Community Pharmacist and Provision of a Home Medication Disposal Kit

Michael Coleman, PharmD currently serves as aPGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Resident with the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy at MercyOne Medical Center Pharmacy in Dubuque, IA. He is a graduate of Drake University.

"I am eager to contribute to the evolution of community pharmacy practice with the implementation of this enhanced patient care service." 

The opioid epidemic is a notorious healthcare topic that has been discussed for many years. A likely contributor to this public health crisis stems from an excess of prescription opioids that are circulating in our communities. Safe disposal of unused opioids that are in the possession of patients who no longer need them can help to prevent diversion, misuse, abuse, and even death due to overdose. With this research there is an opportunity to provide insight on the effectiveness of providing patients with safe medication disposal resources and thorough counseling from a pharmacist regarding this topic.

"I am extremely grateful to receive the APhA Foundation Incentive Grant this year, and I am excited for the opportunity to implement this patient care service at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center Pharmacy. It is my hope that this project highlights the potential impact that community pharmacists can have on safe medication disposal."