Eleven Northwell Health facilities across Long Island, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island will be participating in this year’s second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 26, which allows community members to safely dispose of unused and expired medications.
Long Island Jewish Valley Stream; in Port Jefferson; in Manhasset; in Riverhead; in Bay Shore; and will have secure at the hospitals for anyone to safely deposit leftover medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day in Manhattan; in New Hyde Park;
“Safely disposing of unwanted medications from our homes is a vital step all New Yorkers can take in an effort to reduce access to harmful substances,” said , director of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment program at Northwell Health. “In partnership with the community, we have been working to deliver the important message that fatal overdoses are preventable and such prevention starts with each one of us at home.”
In addition to the DEA events, Northwell Health has installed safe disposal receptacles in some of its hospital’s lobbies which are readily accessible to all patients, visitors and staff. Northwell has implemented multiple strategies to combat substance use disorder including vital education to community members on humanizing substance use, overdose prevention, overdose rescue with naloxone, and highlighting that there are multiple pathways to recovery.
The health system has also increased access to evidence-based addiction treatment and care for patients, families, and employees. In collaboration with Engel Burman, Northwell is developing a residential substance use disorder treatment and research center in Calverton called Wellbridge.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is organized by the DEA and happens twice a year. In April, Northwell Health collected about 580 pounds of unused prescriptions at 12 sites.
For more information about National Drug Take Back Day, go to https://takebackday.dea.gov/.