Two pill drop boxes set up on Staten Island as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

ByDonald L. Leech

Apr 29, 2022

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Both campuses of Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) will house pill drop-off points, it has been officially announced.

As part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, two new MedSafe kiosks, used to safely dispose of prescription pills, were set up Friday at the North Site, located at 475 Seaview Ave., and on campus south of the hospital, located at 375 Seguine Ave. .

It is part of a partnership between the office of Richmond County Attorney Michael E. McMahon and the SIUH.

Drop-off locations will serve as convenient and responsible locations for disposing of unused prescription drugs in an effort to reduce the risk of abuse.

The Drug Enforcement Agency launched its prescription drug take-back program when the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration informed the public that their usual methods of disposing of unused medications – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away trash – posed a potential safety and health hazard.

Previous Recovery Days have collected more than a million pounds of pills, Advance/SILive.com reported.

“As we continue to battle the scourge of drug addiction on Staten Island, we must do everything we can to ensure unused prescription drugs are disposed of quickly and safely before they fall into the wrong hands,” said McMahon in a statement. “The addition of these two new MedSafe sites to the two sites at Staten Island University Hospital will ensure that all Staten Islanders have the opportunity to properly dispose of these potentially deadly and highly addictive substances in a safe and responsible manner. the environment.”

Officials said many unwanted drugs sit in medicine cabinets for years or are improperly disposed of — by being flushed down the toilet or mixed with household trash. They warned that it’s not only bad for the environment, but can ultimately lead to someone else using and possibly becoming addicted to a controlled substance.

Prescription pills can also be discarded at any of Staten Island’s four police stations.

Adrienne Abbate, executive director of SIPCW, said more than 29% of young people in Staten Island who abuse prescription opioids report having received them from home. Nearly 52% of young people in Staten Island who reported abusing prescription opioids said they received them from a friend or family member.

“In partnership with the District Attorney’s Office and the community, we have worked to deliver the important message that fatal overdoses can be prevented and that prevention begins with each of us at home,” said Meagan Sills, Executive Director Staten’s assistant. Island University Hospital.