Suffolk County Sets Up Used Medication Drop Offs

PATCHOGUE, NY (WCBS 880) – A local county is setting up what it says are the first in the nation used medication disposal bins and it’s as easy as tossing the unused pills in a blue colored bin, as WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports from Patchogue

In Suffolk County, Long Island, the bins will be set up in every police precinct and no questions will be asked. You can come in day or night to drop off the used pills or other medications and leave.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy says, “These drugs in the bathroom cabinet can be accessible to children and secondly, when these are discarded cavalierly, the compounds get into our water supply.”

Environmentalist Mareen Dolen Murphy, of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment says, “It’s no longer okay to flush our drugs. Our morning coffee should have milk and sugar, and not Viagra, Ritilan, and Codeine.”

  • ALJ

    <<>> They re-sell them! LOL

  • M. M

    As a BSN/RN, and former Public Health Nurse, (PHN), I know that medications do not expire, or die, the day after the expiration date. Studies have shown that most are still good years later. The only ones who benefit by the discarding of medications, food, etc., on the so-called “expiration date”, (without thinking first as to why the date is there) are the drug companies, who can sell more product and make more $$. One might want to pay attention to the ageing of certain medications, such as injected insulin and under-the-tongue nitroglycerin for hearts, as dosage is critical with them.

    When the FDA, in its infinite wisdom, decided that manufacturers had to have an expiration date on their meds, the manufacturers, rather than going to the expense of testing their drugs, put arbitrary expiration dates on them for pharmacies to follow-often 1 year. This means that perfectly good, expensive, older meds can no longer be send to terribly needy countries, but must be discarded. And of course, manufacturers make more money. Lots more money.

    For those people who insist on believing in the date on the bottle, I am pleased that Environmentalist Murphy at least has a good way of disposing of them-(the meds). Just out of curiosity, what does she do with those that are placed in the bins?
    MM, BSN/RN

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