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For immediate release:
Thursday, September 24, 2015
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org


Residents Can Safely Dispose of Unused or Unwanted Drugs at Hundreds of Sites in NY and CT

Farmingdale, NY – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be sponsoring a nationwide pharmaceutical take-back day, with hundreds of locations in New York and Connecticut where residents can bring in unused pharmaceutical drugs for safe disposal. Providing safe drug disposal prevents the flushing of pharmaceuticals, which can pass through sewage treatment and pollute our waters. Studies have shown that pharmaceutical pollution negatively impacts aquatic life, and raises concerns about potential impacts on human health.

A U.S. Geological Survey study found that 80% of rivers tested throughout our nation contained traces of pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics, steroids, hormones and contraceptives. Educating the public on the dangers of flushing medication and providing safe, convenient pharmaceutical take-back options helps prevent contamination of our local waterways. Citizens Campaign for the Environment is promoting the DEA take-back day throughout New York and Connecticut. The take-back events will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10:00am-2:00pm. Visit http://www.dea.gov/take-back/takeback-news.shtml to find a take-back location near you.

To help promote this event locally, CCE’s Adrienne Esposito will join NY Attorney General Eric T. Scheiderman, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer for a take-back event and a press conference in Copiague.

Babylon Pharmaceutical Drug Take-Back Event

When: Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 9:00am-12:00pm
            *Press Conference begins at 11:00am
Where: Tanner Park Senior Center, #2 Tanner Park, Copiague, NY

“For decades, we were told to flush unused drugs, and now trace amounts of these medications have turned up in the drinking water of 41 million Americans. Large-scale “Don’t Flush Your Drug” events, like this DEA-sponsored take-back day, along with permanent solutions, such as drop-boxes in pharmacies, grocery stores, and police departments, are critical to change public behavior and prevent pharmaceutical contamination of our waterways. We need to make it simple and convenient for the public to safely dispose of unwanted medications,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director. 


Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by jchristensen  9/24/15