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Safely Dispose Of Unwanted Medications In Valhalla

Dispose of your unused and unwanted prescription drugs in Valhalla this Saturday.
Dispose of your unused and unwanted prescription drugs in Valhalla this Saturday. Photo Credit: U.S. Food And Drug Administration

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s nationwide Prescription Drug Collection Day will be in Valhalla this Saturday.

Prescription drugs are now the second-most abused category of drugs in the United States, and medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to abuse, officials said. Flushing medication down the drain can taint local rivers and streams if not handled properly.

Residents can bring unused and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal to the Grasslands Campus, 15 Woods Road, Valhalla, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.

If you can't make it to Saturday's disposal time, residents can bring prescription drugs to one of the more than 20 local participating police departments on the first Tuesday of every month. An appointment is needed and can be made by calling (914) 813-5425.

If you can't do that, then the state Department of Environmental Conservation urges residents to mix the contents with undesirable substances (such as coffee grounds, cat litter or dirt) to disguise the contents, tape the containers closed and toss into the garbage — not down the drain.

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