The Nassau County Police Department will be participating in the DEA’s 4th Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Program Saturday, April 28th from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Last October, Americans turned in over 377,086 pounds—188.5 tons—of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at over 5300 sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
This Saturday, Nassau County residents will be able to bring their unwanted, unused, and/or expired medications to any of the NCPD’s eight precincts garages, which are located at:
- NCPD First Precinct: 900 Merrick Road, Baldwin NY 11510
- NCPD Second Precinct: 7700 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
- NCPD Third Precinct: 214 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park, NY 11596
- NCPD Fourth Precinct: 1699 Broadway, Hewlett, NY 11557
- NCPD Fifth Precinct: 1655 Dutch Broadway, Elmont, NY 11003
- NCPD Sixth Precinct: 100 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030
- NCPD Seventh Precinct: 3636 Merrick Road, Seaford, NY 11783
- NCPD Eighth Precinct: 286 Wantagh Avenue, Levittown, NY 11756
“Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet,” said Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. ” Eliminating these unwanted, unused and expired medications from Nassau County homes will go a long way to helping protect the young people of this county as well as children from accidental ingestion. To that end, I urge all residents to go through their home medicine cabinets and take advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of their pharmaceuticals at any of our drop off locations.”
This Saturday’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program is a nationwide effort that the DEA has coordinated. Currently, the DEA has over 5,000 collection sites nationwide. Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov. This site is continuously updated with new take-back locations.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
The Nassau County Police Department has hosted and coordinated multiple drug disposal programs in the past and has found it to be very beneficial in the fight against drug addiction.