Maloney Encourages Hudson Valley Residents to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday
WASHINGTON –Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) urged his neighbors in the Hudson Valley to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, a nationwide initiative which encourages Americans to turn in any unused or expired medications to safe disposal locations. Rep. Maloney has compiled a comprehensive guide to help Hudson Valley residents find safe disposal locations in their communities.
“The heroin and opioid epidemic is killing our kids and devastating our communities – and too often it starts right in in our own medicine cabinets with unused or expired drugs,” said Rep. Maloney. “Disposing of prescription drugs safely and securely, and making permanent collection boxes available year-round, is a smart step toward preventing the cycle of drug abuse, and keeping our kids and our communities safe – I encourage all of my neighbors to dispose of their unused meds safely.”
Rep. Maloney continues to fight for Hudson Valley families affected by this epidemic and successfully passed the Opioid Review and Modernization Act, which helps educate well-meaning doctors about the potential dangers of over-prescribing and was a co-sponsor to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), passed into law in March of 2016, which helps communities facing prescription drug epidemics to expand prevention and education efforts, increase the availability of antidotes, and promote treatment and recovery. He has also introduced several pieces of legislation including the Lifesaving Librarians Act, the Stop Online Opioid Sales Act, the Keeping Communities Safe Through Treatment Act, and the Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. That is in addition to securing over a million dollars in federal investments to aid Hudson Valley opioid and substance abuse initiatives.
The Hudson Valley has dozens of locations available for anyone who has unwanted or unused prescription drugs that they wish to drop off. A full list of those locations can be found here.