The National Drug Take Back Day is coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which collects and safely destroys the medications.
On Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. the Cloverdale Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially risky expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Take-Back Day has been in place since 2010.
Drugs can be dropped off at the Swampscott Police Station at 531 Humphrey St.
On Saturday, Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, Huntington Hospital, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and New Hyde Park's Long Island Jewish Medical Center with join four other Northwell facilities around the state, all collecting unused pharmaceuticals between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. "As well as education and awareness, prescription drug misuse prevention includes locking up or monitoring prescription medications that are in the home and disposing of any unneeded or expired prescription medications at a medication collection box".
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Several Long Island institutions will take part in a nationwide effort to rid medicine cabinets across the land of unused, sometimes unsafe unused prescription medications.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. We asked him why these kinds of drugs need to be collected, rather than just tucked away and forgotten.
Unused prescriptions can be turned in year-round at many local law enforcement locations.
The AG's Office advised that medicine should not be thrown in the trash or flushed down the toilet. Prescription drugs can be brought in the original container or by removing it from the container and putting the medicine directly into the disposal box.