City to host ‘Shed the Meds’ pharma drop-off event – Community News

The City of North Hempstead will be hosting the final “Shed the Meds” pharmaceutical drop-off events for 2022, in conjunction with Nassau County and the Nassau County Police Department. (Photo courtesy of the Town of North Hempstead)

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jennifer DeSena and the City Council, in partnership with Nassau County and the Nassau County Police Department, will host the final “Shed the Meds” drug depot events for 2022.

“Ensuring that our medicines are stored safely and disposed of correctly is so crucial to not only help protect our environment, but also to keep medicines out of reach of those who would use them inappropriately. This is especially true now, as we see high levels of prescription drug abuse. It’s an ongoing battle that affects so many people,” DeSena said. “Events like this ‘Shed the Meds’ program are so important because they provide many opportunities for the safe disposal of unwanted medications. Thank you, once again, to Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman and the Nassau County Police Department, especially Commissioner Pat Ryder, for helping us accomplish this.

This final event for 2022 will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 8 at the Michael J. Tully Park Parking Lot, 1801 Evergreen Ave., New Hyde Park

Accepted items will include prescriptions, prescription patches, prescription medications, prescription ointments, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, sample medications, and pet medications. Needles, sharp objects, spray cans, thermometers, ointments (liquids or lotions), hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, biohazardous waste and company medications will not be accepted.

For more information on this event, please call 311 or (516) 869-6311.