By Christine Jordan Sexton
3/20/2009 © Florida Health News
A curious ritual occurs once a month at Palm Gardens nursing home in Tampa.
Administrator Scott Allen, a pharmacist and the supervisor of nursing sort through drawers where painkillers, anti-depressants and other drugs are stored when patients die or leave. Usually they come up with about $5,000 worth.
It takes them about three hours to find all the leftover drugs, remove them from the packaging and fill out the paperwork. Then they dispose of them down the toilet.