Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

LI hospitals, universities take part in take-back effort

LI hospitals, universities take part in take-back effort

"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".

Since then, 6.3 million pounds of unused prescription drugs have been collected, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Warren County Sheriff's Office on Route 9, next to the Warren County Municipal Center in Queensbury, will be ready to collected medications, free of charge, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Harrison County will offer two days of take backs with the first being Saturday, April 21st. "Educating the public and removing these medications from households across the Unites States prevents misuse where it often starts".

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MSP collection sites can be found here.

Five Northwell Health facilities on Long Island will take part in April 28's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a chance for people to safely remove unused and expired prescriptions from their homes. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Authorities point out that studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The agencies will be accepting unwanted prescription drugs from the public as part of a nationwide initiative to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially risky expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

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