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New Medication Take Back Program
The Town of Smithtown announced the opening of the new medication drop box housed in the Public Safety facility at 65 Maple Ave, Smithtown. The Town Departments: Horizons, Public Safety and Environment and Waterways have been working to assist Suffolk County Legislator Lynne C. Nowick to establish a Medication Drop Off program. Although each Suffolk County Police precinct has medication drop off sites, Smithtown will be the first municipality to offer one.
With the help of donations from community organizations, a drop off box has been purchased and installed at Smithtown’s Public Safety Department. It will be accessible from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday for community members to dispose of unwanted, unused prescription medication. “With the growing problem of prescription medication abuse, community groups have united with government to promote substance abuse prevention efforts,” says Elaine Economopoulos, Director of Horizons Counseling and Education Program.
“I hope this new program will encourage residents to properly dispose of their medications to protect their family members and the environment,” said Legislator Nowick. “I am grateful to the Town of Smithtown and the community groups that helped to implement this program,” Nowick added.
Pictured at the thank you ceremony are from left: Kim Revere, Kings Park in the kNOw; Barbara Franco, Executive Director of the Greater Smithtown Chamber of Commerce; Patsy Hirschhorn, Executive Director of the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau; Suffolk County Legislator Lynne C. Nowick; Maureen Rossi, Kings Park in the kNOw; Dr. Jeff Reynolds, Executive Director of Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence; Judy Cummings, Executive Director of Suffolk Coalition to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Dependencies, Inc.; and Elaine Economopoulos, director of Horizons Counseling and Education Center.
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