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Safely dispose of unused medications on Drug Take Back Day

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.

October 26 is Drug Take Back Day

NEW HYDE PARK, NY —

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.

In partnership with local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the following Northwell hospitals will have secure receptacles at the hospitals for anyone to safely deposit leftover medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day: Huntington Hospital; Lenox Health Greenwich Village and Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan; Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park; Long Island Jewish Valley Stream; Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson;  North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset; Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead; Southside Hospital in Bay Shore; and Staten Island University Hospital’s north and south campuses.

“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 Sandeep Kapoor, MD, 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.”

Safe disposal receptacles always available at many hospitals

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/.

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