HANNON ANNOUNCES NATIONAL TAKE BACK INITIATIVE – “SHED THE MEDS”
Got Drugs? Turn in your unused or expired meds for safe disposal Saturday, April 27th
“If you are like most people, then your medicine cabinet contains either expired or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medications,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “Setting aside time to properly dispose of old medication is usually not high on our priority list. But holding on to expired medication of any kind is dangerous for us and our loved ones, and improperly disposing of these expired pills is dangerous for our entire community.”
Senator Hannon announces the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at which residents can safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. Hannon introduced a Legislative Resolution to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 27, 2013, as “Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” in the State of New York.
Hannon stresses the importance of “Take Back Days,” and other events like Senator Hannon’s “Shed The Meds” Drug Disposal programs. They offer safe and convenient ways to dispose of unwanted or unused medicines. Previous Take-Back events have collected more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications, which were then removed from circulation and safely disposed.
There are many sites in Nassau County which are participating, including:
· Nassau County Police Department, Eighth Precinct (286 North Wantagh Ave., Levittown);
· North Shore/LIJ Plainview Hospital (888 Old Country Road, Plainview);
· Adelphi University (1 South Ave., Garden City);
· Garden City Police Department (349 Stewart Ave., Garden City);
· North Shore/LIJ Medical Group (4300 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage);
· Nassau County Police Department, Seventh Precinct (3636 Merrick Road, Seaford);
· Hempstead Police Department (99 Nichols Court, Hempstead).
Click here for a full list of locations, and be sure to check back often, as more sites are being added on a daily basis. (You can visit the official homepage at: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/)
“With the support and diligent work of our community and law enforcement partners, we can reduce the risk of prescription drug misuse and abuse,” said Hannon. “I urge everyone who has any expired or unwanted prescription drugs to take a few minutes to dispose of them in this safe and efficient manner.”