PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- Residents got rid of more than 235 pounds of old or unneeded medication on Saturday during the Putnam Communities That Care Coalition’s Medication Take Back Day.
The event, which is co-sponsored by Putnam Hospital Center, the Department of Health and the Sheriff’s Office, was a huge success this year, officials said.
“Keeping these medications out of the water supply as well as out of the hands of potential abusers makes this day so important,” said Kristin McConnell, executive director of the Putnam NCADD and co-chair of the Putnam CTC Coalition.
The Putnam CTC Coalition holds this event biannually. However, for those who cannot make the event, there are MedReturn boxes throughout Putnam County in the following locations:
- Carmel Police Department: 24 hours, seven days a week.
- Kent Police Department: 24 hours, seven days a week.
- Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in Carmel: 24 hours, seven days a week.
- Philipstown Town Hall: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Putnam Valley Town Hall: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Patterson Town Hall: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Lobby of Kern Building in Brewster: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
The boxes can take all unused or expired prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines, prescription ointments, pet medications and vitamins. Not accepted include any needles, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, lotions, liquids or IV bags.
“The drop in the amount of unused and expired medications collected this fall is a direct result of the coalition’s placement of these drop boxes throughout the county”, says Bruce Kelly, coalition coordinator for Putnam CTC Coalition.