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Letter: Pharmacies should take back drugs

A $350,000 grant from the state Department of

A $350,000 grant from the state Department of Health announced Monday, April 20, 2015, will increase the number of drug drop-off locations and expand take-back programs on Long Island and the rest of the state to keep people from flushing pharmaceuticals down the drain. Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

It isn't enough to schedule prescription drug collections at specific sites ["LI takes to drug take-back day," News, May 4]. These are problematic for the homebound and those with transportation challenges.

The answer is for drugstores to collect expired and unused drugs as service stations collect used oil. They could be placed in a limited-access, locked bin, accessible only by the collection company. A small surcharge could cover the cost.

Suzanne Mueller, Great Neck