Drug Take-Back Day Is Tomorrow

Tomorrow–Saturday, September 27–is National Drug Take-Back Day. Gather up old drugs—or those you no longer need–for safe disposal at a North Shore-LIJ Health System site.

Disposing of old/unused medicine properly means they won’t end up in the wrong hands (illicitly used at adolescents’ “pill parties”) or in the wrong place (our water supply). Never flush them away.

Instead, bring pills, capsules, syrup, ointment, patches and the like (for people and pets) for safe disposal to one of the 13 North Shore-LIJ Drug Take-Back Day sites. Also discard antiseptic hand gel, if you desire. Walk-up and drive-up locations are open tomorrow in the metro New York area from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Drug Take-Back Day Sites

Go to the lobby of these North Shore-LIJ facilities:

  • Manhattan: Lenox Hill Hospital (77th Street lobby)
  • Queens: Forest Hills Hospital
  • Nassau: Franklin Hospital lobby, Glen Cove Hospital (Emergency Department lobby) and the lobby of the North Shore-LIJ Medical Group Urgent Care Center at Bethpage
  • Suffolk: Huntington Hospital

Or visit a drive-up site at:

  • Staten Island: Staten Island University Hospital (north and south campuses)
  • Queens: LIJ Medical Center (Katz main entrance)
  • Nassau: North Shore University Hospital, Plainview Hospital or Syosset Hospital
  • Suffolk: Southside Hospital

Since 2010, North Shore-LIJ has collected 4,800 pounds of unused or expired medications (863 pounds just during last April’s Drug Take-Back Day).

Find additional places to throw away expired or unwanted medicine at dea.gov.

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