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Events

Medication Take Back Day

Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Properly dispose of unwanted medications during Health Quest's take-back events on April 27

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, and can lead to accidental poisoning, misuse and overdose, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

To address this crucial public safety concern, local law enforcement and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY, and Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, NY, will team up to help community members dispose of unwanted prescription, over-the-counter and pet medications. 

Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn., will collect non-narcotics, needles and other sharp medical devices. The public can bring narcotics to the State Police's Troop B headquarters in Canaan, Conn.

The service is free and anonymous. Medications should be kept in original packaging with the patient information removed. 

"April 27 is a great day to clean out your medicine cabinets," said Sharon Hospital Director of Pharmacy Jay Gilbreath. "We all play a role in preventing narcotic addition and we also need to keep medicines from entering streams and rivers when poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet."

During the national take back event in October, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and law enforcement partners collected 457 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 locations, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

HQ event Locations:

Northern Dutchess Hospital Parking Lot
6511 Springbrook Ave., Rhinebeck
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Putnam Hospital Center Wagner Cancer Pavilion
670 Stoneleigh Ave., Carmel
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sharon Hospital Main Lobby
50 Hospital Hill Road, Sharon
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
*Sharps and non-narcotics only

Law enforcement locations:

Dutchess County Sheriff's Office
Home Depot Parking Lot
3470 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Connecticut State Police 
Troop B Headquarters
463 Ashley Falls Road, Canaan, CT

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