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Source: North Shore Sun

Got expired meds? Head to the precinct

Effort to keep drugs away from kids

BY JENNIFER GUSTAVSON
STAFF WRITER

Posted: August 13, 2010
Originally Published: August 13, 2010

A lock box for prescription drug disposal is now located in the lobby at the Suffolk County Police Department Sixth Precinct, where residents can get rid of their unwanted medications without threatening the environment.

The permanent fixture was installed Aug. 2 following the success of the precinct's Operation Medicine Cabinet program -- a campaign launched in March to encourage residents to cease flushing their prescription drugs down the toilet or tossing them in the garbage.

Maureen Dolan Murphy, executive programs manager at Citizens Campaign For The Environment, said the program is the "first of its kind statewide."

"This is great news and we hope the program is replicated in other towns," she said. "Across the country, the more research that comes out, the more we see a harmful effect on the environment."


Brookhavent Councilwoman Kathleen Walsh, who helped organize the new lock box program, noted that leaving unused prescription drugs in the home is dangerous, especially if there are children around.

"I encourage Brookhaven residents to join town and police officials in an effort to remove unused dangerous prescription medications -- especially painkillers -- from their homes in this safe, effective manner," she said.

Residents can dispose of their unwanted prescriptions in the lock box at anytime, said Inspector Robert Oswald, Commanding Officer of the Sixth Precinct.

He asked that residents place their prescription pills in Ziploc bags and drop them in the lock box; no paperwork or identification is required.

The Sixth Precinct is located at 400 Middle Country Road in Selden. For more information call (631) 451-6260.