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Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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Sheriff DeMarco is Urging Residents to Shed the Meds

RIVERHEAD, NY– Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco would like to remind Suffolk County residents that Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and he is asking the public to search through their medicine cabinets and “Shed the Meds” this weekend.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 44 people in the U.S. die each day from an overdose of prescription painkillers. “More than two million Americans abuse prescription medications,” stated Sheriff DeMarco.  He added, “This is fueling the heroin epidemic on Long Island and around the country.  I want to encourage the public to turn in their unused prescriptions this Saturday and be especially mindful of dangers many of these drugs pose when they get into the wrong hands.” 

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office will be joining with hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout the nation on Saturday, September 26th to bring awareness to the misuse of prescription medications and the importance of proper disposal. As part of its “Shed the Meds” initiative, Deputy Sheriffs will be at the Brookhaven Free Library on Beaver Dam Road in Brookhaven this Saturday.  They will be collecting unused prescription drugs and covered hypodermic needles and syringes from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

In addition to frequent public events, the Sheriff’s Office has set up permanent “Shed the Meds” disposal boxes at the Riverhead Correctional Facility and the Civil Bureau in Yaphank, where the public can drop off unused medications all year round, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

For more information, visit our Shed the Meds page.

A Shed the Meds disposal box is pictured. 

The Shed the Meds disposal box located in the waiting room at the Civil Bureau in Yaphank.

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