Eastchester residents who have old or unused medications can dispose of them safely on Saturday, April 28.
The Eastchester Communities That Care (ECTC) coalition will collect prescription and over-the-counter medicine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the EVAC Station, 257 Main Street. This is the third time ECTC has hosted the medication take-back event, which is being co-sponsored by the Eastchester Police Department and is an initiative of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.
“Our Town is always grateful for groups and individuals who seek to improve the quality and safety of our lives here in Eastchester and the surrounding community,” Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita said in a statement. “This is an excellent method by which our citizens can rid themselves of unwanted prescription drugs and aid in the fight towards the abuse of these drugs.”
Prescription drug abuse – the use of these medications by persons for whom they were not prescribed – is one of the few areas of substance abuse in which the nation is not seeing a decline, according to ECTC. The event also aims to prevent misuse of expired medications.
Last year, at Lawrence Hospital, the coalition collected four full cartons of old meds, and collected another four last October at the Tuckahoe Community Center.
“This is just one more way in which we can protect our children and teens and create a healthier life and community for us all,” said Jay Genova, director of the Eastchester coalition.