GREAT NECK, NY -- The North Shore-LIJ Health System is once again partnering with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other government, community, public health and law enforcement organizations in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.
In conjunction with the DEA, North Shore-LIJ will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at its hospitals on Long Island and in New York City. The service is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked.
Each year, rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds—nearly 500 tons—of pills.
On April 28, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., individuals can bring their unused prescription drugs for safe disposal to the following North Shore-LIJ Health System collection sites:
Suffolk County: Huntington Hospital and Southside Hospital (Bay Shore)
Nassau County: Plainview, Syosset and Glen Cove Hospitals, Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream, North Shore University in Manhasset, and LIJ Medical Center (including – LIJ Hospital, The Zucker Hillside, Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York) in New Hyde Park, NS-LIJ Medical Group Immediate Care Center in Bethpage.
New York City: Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, and Staten Island University (North and South campuses).
For more information on North Shore-LIJ collection locations call 465-2535 or visit www.northshorelij.com. Additional collection sites can also be found by going to www.dea.gov. This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations. Other participants in this initiative include the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; the Partnership for a Drug-Free America; the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Association of Attorneys General; the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy; the Federation of State Medical Boards; and the National District Attorneys Association.