STATEN ISLAND, NY – Today is the day you can empty your medicine cabinet and drop off any unused prescription pills at various Staten Island locations.
Community partners, law enforcement agencies and pharmacies participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Fifteenth National Day of Recipes to Recover.
Past events have collected more than nine million pounds (4,500 tons) of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, according to the DEA.
"Take Back The day helps keep drugs out of the hands of abusers and potentially saves lives by eliminating painkillers and unused medications from homes," said DEA interim administrator Robert W. Patterson.
"Painkillers or controlled medications that are not used can help from the home, more potential lives will be saved." Home medicine is a frequent target for those who abuse prescription drugs and often provides access to prescription medications. .pub from the public to dispose of this unwanted source of abuse Take Back Day is an effective tool to address the opioid crisis in the United States, "he added.
WHERE TO DELIVER DRUGS
In Staten Island, the places where drugs are accepted are in the employment station of the 120th precinct in St. George, the police station 122 of the Electoral Precinct in New Dorp, and the station of Commissioner 123 in Tottenville.
In addition, Delco Drugs & Specialty Pharmacy Inc. also partnered with the Staten Island District Attorney's Office to accept expired medications, said Darlene Iacono of the New Springville drug store.
The initiative is to address vital issues of public safety and public health and protect against opiate abuse.
In Staten Island, there were 99 deaths from drug overdoses in the municipality in 2017, while the previous year saw 116 total deaths.
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