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Suffolk County Sets Up Used Medication Drop Offs

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A drug drop off bin is seen at the Suffolk County Police Department - Patchogue, NY - Aug 19, 2010 - Photo: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880

A drug drop off bin is seen at the Suffolk County Police Department – Patchogue, NY – Aug 19, 2010 – Photo: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880

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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.”

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