Nassau County To Help Residents Dispose Of Unwanted Meds
October 2, 2012
Mangano Announces Prescription Drug Take-Back Program
(Long Island, N.Y.) For the third year in a row, Nassau County will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in its Prescription Drug Take-Back Program, which enables residents to safely and responsibly dispose of unneeded or unwanted medication.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that County programs such as this, as well as more local town-based versions that target individual communities, are a strong step forward in the fight against prescription drug abuse, an epidemic especially prevalent among teens currently.
“This is a great opportunity for residents to safely shed their unwanted medications, including any unused or expired prescription drugs,” Mangano said. “Studies indicate that 70% of adolescents who went on to abuse prescription drugs obtained them originally from their family or a neighbor’s medicine cabinet.”
Unwanted prescription drugs can be brought every day to any of Nassau County’s police precincts listed below or policing centers. Unwanted drugs can also be collected at city and village police departments and area hospitals.
At the DEA’s last take-back event, citizens nationwide turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories, according to the DEA.
The Take-Back Program to date has removed over 1.5 million pounds (774 tons) of medication from circulation thanks to the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners.
Some Collection sites throughout Nassau County are:
Second Precinct – 7700 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury
Third Precinct – 214 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park
Fourth Precinct – 1699 Broadway, Hewlett
Seventh Precinct – 3636 Merrick Road, Seaford
Policing Center – 900 Merrick Road, Baldwin
Policing Center – 1655 Dutch Broadway, Elmont
Policing Center – 100 Community Drive, Manhasset
Policing Center – 286 North Wantagh Avenue, Levittown
North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital, 221 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset (lobby)
Plainview Hospital 888 Old Country Road Plainview
North Shore University Hospital 300 Community Drive Manhasset (Outside Main Lobby)
LI Jewish Hospital, 76th Ave, New Hyde Park (parking lot)
Glen Cove Hospital 101 St. Andrew Lane Glen Cove (ER waiting room)