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Source: CBS New York

2,000 Pounds Of Unwanted Prescription Drugs Collected On Long Island

Posted: February 3, 2016
Originally Published: February 3, 2016

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — More than a ton of prescription drugs will not find their way into the Long Island water supply thanks to a unique program.

In partnership with the supermarket chain King Kullen, officials say Long Island’s safe disposal program for unused and expired medications has been hugely successful.

In just its first year of operation, King Kullen pharmacies collected 2,000 pounds or one ton of unwanted prescription drugs, said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

“The results demonstrate the need for free, convenient safe disposal options,” Esposito said. “We need only pharmacists and doctors to dispense medication, not our kitchen sink.”

Officials said the program guarantees drugs collected and properly disposed of will never be abused or find their way into the water supply.

“Not only can we save lives but we can save the bays at the same time and I don’t see a better program,” said United Water manager Michael Martino.

“We’ve got great water, and we want to keep it that way,” said Pat Halpin of the Suffolk County Water Authority.

The program is being expanded to include narcotics.

“Expanding the program to all drugs is critical to providing a one stop for safe disposal for all our customers,” said Albert W. Hesse Jr., King Kullen’s Director of Pharmacy. “This critical expansion will only continue to build upon the success of the program.”

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