On Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mayor Ralph Suozzi along with the Glen Cove Police Department and EMS are offering Glen Cove residents the opportunity to drive up and drop off potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your medications for
disposal to the Glen Cove Police Headquarters located at 1 Bridge Street. The service is free and anonymous, no
The safe disposal of unwanted or expired drugs helps to protect our waterways and ensure the safety of our local water supply and in addition it eliminates the risk of these drugs getting into the hands of children or those who might misuse them.
“By collecting and properly disposing of household drugs, we can help to keep
them out of the wrong hands . .” said Mayor Ralph Suozzi. “Safely
disposing of these medications will also help keep harmful materials from
potentially damaging our water supply.”
Last April, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reported that Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will safely dispose of all collected medications and the North Shore University Hospital will dispose the syringes and medical waste.