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Old prescription drugs to be collected on East End

Fred Thiele, New York State assemblyman (2nd district).

Fred Thiele, New York State assemblyman (2nd district). (Credit: Kathy Kmonicek)

Old and unwanted prescription drugs will be collected tomorrow by the Peconic Independent Pharmacy Association in support of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The association is a group of independently owned pharmacies on the East End.

“Throwing unwanted and old prescription drugs in the garbage or flushing them down the toilet is actually quite harmful to our ground and surface waters and many of our aquatic species,” Assemb. Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) wrote in an email. “The Peconic Independent Pharmacy Association (PIPA) is making proper disposal of unwanted drugs extremely easy and simple. We must keep these drugs out of our children’s hands and environment.”

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration designated April 28 as National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in an effort to encourage people to dispose of drugs safely.

On the East End, prescription drugs can be disposed of between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the following sites:

Barth’s Pharmacy (94 Montauk Hwy., East Moriches), Barth’s Drug Store (32 E. Main St., Riverhead), Barth’s Pharmacy (58 Sunset Ave., Westhampton Beach), Center Island Rx, 254 W. Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays), Liggett Drugs (39 W. Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays), Martin Drugs (849 Old Country Rd., Rte. 58, Riverhead), Park Place Chemists (200 Pantigo Pl., Suite K, East Hampton), Sag Harbor Pharmacy (120 Main St., Sag Harbor), Shelter Island Heights Pharmacy (19 Grand Ave., Shelter Island Heights), Southold Pharmacy (53895 Main Rd., Southold), Southrifty Drug (54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village), and White’s Pharmacy East Hampton (81 Main St., East Hampton).

Tags: Hamptons , North Fork , Hamptons , East End , South Fork , Riverhead

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