Bedford Police Offer Drug 'Take Back' Program

Recognizing the need for a safe alternative for Bedford and Katonah residents to dispose of their medications, police have installed a MedReturn Drug Collection vault at their headquarters on Bedford Road.

A new effort is under way to help local residents get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications, Bedford police announced.

Thanks to a donation from the Westchester Coalition for Drug-and-Alcohol-Free Youth, the police department is able to offer an environmentally safe alternative to disposing of medications, Chief William Hayes said.

"Instead of dumping medicines in landfills, septic or sewer systems, which can later damage the environment, residents can anonymously dispose of prescription and non-prescription medications at any time," he said.

A MedReturn Drug Collection "vault" has been placed in the lobby of police headquarters at 307 Bedford Road which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This could also reduce the risk of accidental poisoning in small children or adults or teens intentionally misusing drugs, Hayes said in his release.

Syringes, liquids and other sharp and bio-hazard materials should not be placed in the vault. There is no charge and residents can turn in the medications anonymously.

Questions can be directed to the police department at 241-3111.


David Styles February 27, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Lisa Buchman, I am shocked! Sure this person is not using their real name, but aren't they still entitled to their opinion? The press is given the freedom to report; shouldn't the reader be given the freedom to comment? This person was not being profane or obscene, they were simply addressing a legitimate concern. Anyone who has experienced Police misconduct will be concerned about Police abusing their power. "A more specific attack and you risk your account being suspended." What is that supposed to mean? Where is the attack?! It looks like you are attacking them by threatening the suspension of his/her account based on an opinion! It sounds to me like the patch is working too close with the police department. Lisa, if you delete my comment than I really think you should consider another line of work. The press is here to report and the people should be allowed to comment as they see fit!
Chris February 27, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Clearly Jacky, Timothy and John have a valid concern. Indeed, it appear that Chief Hayes was cognizant that there had to be proper protocols and protections in place. The fact is that police are human, and like all of us - across all professions - some are good people and some are bad. Even the police know this - ever hear of IAB. Freedom of the press is all about the free expressions of ideas and opinions, without fear of censorship. I would have to agree with David Styes, if Lisa thinks that expressing the opinion that when a police department is collection drugs someone needs to be watching the police department is crossing the line and warrants censorship, then she is in the wrong profession, or at least practicing it in the wrong place - try China.
Lisa Buchman February 28, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Hi all, thanks for the feedback. Just reminding folks of our terms of use, which do prohibit personal attacks on individuals.
David Styles June 27, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Lisa Buchman! I came back to this page to check if my last comment got any replies. However, it appears that you (or someone else) have deleted it! Beware commenters, you might have a valid point against the Patch (or Bedford Police for that matter) but if you make them look stupid or prove them incorrect THEY WILL DELETE YOUR COMMENT. Whoever deleted my comment should consider a new line of work. The people have the right to comment on the press AS THEY SEE FIT!!!!!!!


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