‘We Must Do Everything We Can To Combat The Opioid Crisis In Our Communities’

Local Pharmacies To Serve As Drop-Off Centers

10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Saturday.

 

New City, NY (Oct. 25, 2018) – Rockland County Legislator Lon Hofstein, who has advocated for efforts to help curb the opioid crisis, is urging residents to participate in Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

“The opioid crisis that has gripped our nation is impacting people right here in Rockland,” Legislator Hofstein said. “Oftentimes, this crisis and the abuse of prescription drugs in general starts very simply: Unused or unwanted prescriptions left in a medicine cabinet end up in the wrong hands. By eliminating that access, we can help fight this terrible affliction.”

In Rockland County last year, 32 people suffered a fatal opioid overdose, according to the latest statistics from the New York state Department of Health.

Unused, outdated and unwanted prescriptions sitting in home medicine cabinets are often sources of drugs for addicts, curious teens and others, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

These medications are also a concern because they are often flushed down toilets or thrown into the garbage, allowing them to enter drinking water sources for people and wildlife.

Proper disposal of the medications can help address the problems.

Legislator Hofstein was successful in passing a local law to require permanent collection points for expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at area pharmacies in 2017; it was superseded by a state law that was enacted in February of this year.

National Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and this year is supported by the Clarkstown, Haverstraw, Spring Valley and Stony Point Police Departments, as well as the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department.

Bring your unused, outdated and unwanted medicine to the following locations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27:

  • Bardonia: CVS Pharmacy, 300 Route 304.
  • Garnerville: CVS Pharmacy, 12 W. Ramapo Road (Route 202).
  • New City: CVS Pharmacy, 280 S. Main St.
  • Nyack: Walgreens, 16 Route 59.
  • Spring Valley: Walgreens, 208 E. Route 59.
  • Stony Point: Walgreens, 135 S. Liberty Dr.

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