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Properly dispose of unwanted medications during Health Quest’s take-back event on October 27

Posted: 10/16/2018

Properly dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted medicines, needles and other sharp medical devices during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events hosted at Health Quest hospitals.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, 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 needles and other sharp medical devices.

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

During the national take-back event in the spring, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and law enforcement partners collected 474 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 locations, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“This initiative addresses a vital public health and safety issue,” said Dr. Gerda Maissel, chief medical officer of Health Quest Medical Practice. “Leftover medicines in home cabinets can be found and abused by young people and others. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the country are alarming.”

In addition, flushing medicines down the toilet or disposing of them in the trash can pose potential safety and environmental hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, visit www.healthquest.org/takeback.

Event Locations:

Vassar Brothers Medical Center Dyson Center for Cancer Care
45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Northern Dutchess Hospital Main Lobby
6511 Springbrook Ave., Rhinebeck
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Sharon Hospital Main Lobby
50 Hospital Hill Road, Sharon
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

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