PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- Residents who have a medicine cabinet full of old medication will want to take part in the upcoming "Medication Take Back Day," on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Putnam Hospital Center.
Sponsored by the Putnam Communities That Care Coalition, in collaboration with the Putnam County Health Department and Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
During the event, members of the Sheriff’s Department will be present to secure and dispose of the medications in an effort to keep them out of the hands of children, addicts, or are taken by mistake.
Officials with the Sheriff's Department said that taking part in the day, residents are making sure no “accidental” poisonings/overdoses by leaving unwanted prescriptions in their homes. Residents also don't have to worry about causing harm to the environment by flushing medications down the toilet or disposing of them in the trash.
Medicines that are flushed down the drain or that leach from landfills eventually end up in local waterways. Pharmaceuticals have become a significant water pollutant nationwide.
To take part, please enter through the Putnam Hospital Center Cancer Pavilion entrance. Signage will be posted leading to the disposal area. Individuals can dispose of prescription medication, over the counter medication, and pet medication. Syringes will not be accepted. Please keep all medications in their original packaging and remove personal patient information.
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