SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY — Saturday, April 27, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a time set aside for everyone to take action to address a national public safety and public health issue. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, Drug Take Back Day provides an opportunity for Americans to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That’s dangerous and often tragic. Research shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. That’s why it was gratifying to see thousands of people from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in—safely and anonymously—over 457 tons of prescription drugs in October 2018, during the last Drug Take Back Day.
“Phelps Hospital is proud to serve as a collection site for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day,” said Daniel Blum, Phelps’ President and CEO. “In 2017, six million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. We want to see those numbers shrink. That’s why we have joined with the Sleepy Hollow Police Department to provide a safe and secure place where members of the public can dispose of their unused prescriptions.”
The drug collection bin will be located in the main lobby of Phelps Hospital at 701 North Broadway in Sleepy Hollow. People can drop off their unused medicines between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.
About Phelps Hospital
Phelps Hospital, part of Northwell Health, is a full-service 238-bed acute care community hospital located in Sleepy Hollow, NY. With more than 1,700 employees and 500 medical staff members representing 60 medical specialties, Phelps offers one of the broadest ranges of community hospital services in Westchester County. Patients benefit from distinguished physicians, many of whom are pioneers in their field, offering the most advanced procedures using the latest technology. www.phelpshospital.org. Phelps’ primary and specialty care medical group, Phelps Medical Associates, has nearly 20 practices located on the hospital campus and in the surrounding communities. www.phelpsmedicalassociates.org.
About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, about 750 outpatient facilities and more than 13,600 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 68,000 employees – 16,000-plus nurses and 4,000 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu