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.