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Drug 'Take-Back Day' in Nassau Saturday

More than 60,000 children ages 5 and younger

More than 60,000 children ages 5 and younger are taken to the emergency room each year because they have swallowed prescription or over-the-counter drugs found in the home. Credit: Bluestocking

Nassau County will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the third year in a row in its National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to safely shed their unwanted medications, including any unused or expired prescription drugs,” County Executive Edward Mangano said in a statement. “Studies indicate that 70 percent of adolescents who went on to abuse prescription drugs obtained them originally from their family or a neighbor's medicine cabinet.”

Unwanted prescription drugs can be brought Saturday and every day to any Nassau County police precinct or policing center. Unwanted drugs will also be collected at Saturday’s event at city and village police departments and area hospitals.

Hospitals are:
Syosset Hospital, 221 Jericho Tpke., Syosset (lobby)

Plainview Hospital, 888 Old Country Rd., Plainview (lobby)

North Shore University Hospital, 300 Community Dr., Manhasset (outside main lobby)

Long Island Jewish Medical Center, 270-05 76th Ave, New Hyde Park (parking lot)

Glen Cove Hospital, 101 St. Andrew Lane, Glen Cove (ER waiting room)

Unwanted prescription drugs can also be dropped off at Adelphi University, One South Ave., Garden City (the Ruth S. Harley University Center lobby).

For more details, go to: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/
 

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