Take-back events for unwanted medications held April 27

Posted: 4/23/2019

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, NY, Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY, Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, NY, and Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn., will team up to help community members dispose of unwanted prescription, over-the-counter and pet medications.

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,” Northern Dutchess Hospital Director of Pharmacy Connie Regan said. “We all play a role in preventing narcotic addiction and we also need to keep medicines from entering streams and rivers when poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet.”

During the previous national take-back event in October, DEA and law enforcement partners collected 457 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 locations, according to the DEA.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, visit the DEA’s website:

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.

Law enforcement locations:

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

Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office
Dover Elementary School
9 School St., Dover Plains.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Connecticut State Police
Troop B Headquarters
463 Ashley Falls Road, Canaan, Conn.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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