Pounds of Pills Pile Up Number. DEA Calls Give Back Day a Success.
In its efforts to take unused and unwanted prescription medications out of household medicine cabinets in a borough with some of the highest rates of prescription drug abuse, the National Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reported that since September of 2010, 1010 lbs. of medications have been dropped off at collection sites at
Staten Island University Hospital's North and South Site as part of
National Drug Tack-Back Day (NDTBD).
"Since its first appearance in the autumn of 2010, and twice yearly since, the DEA has made dramatic contributions to both drug safety and awareness by offering NDTBD as a solution for people to remove prescription drugs from homes where they might be misused," said Timothy B. Sullivan, MD, vice chair of the hospitals Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science.
Staten Island University Hospital has proudly participated in this initiative since its inception.
"This record is a testament to the compassion and determination of the Staten island community that we serve. Your commitment to ending the scourge of accidental drug overdose and death, especially amongst our youth, inspires us to continue this effort, and every effort we expend to address the health of our community," said Dr. Sullivan.
Sullivan adds, "We are proud of our clinical staff who volunteer their time to work at this important event and educate the community about its importance as well as the treatment options available for those who suffer from addiction."
The NDTBD aims to provide a safe, convenient, responsible, and eco-friendly means of disposing prescription drugs, while educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
In total, hospitals across the North Shore-LIJ Health System collected 4860 lbs. of medications since 2010.
In related news, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and
District Attorney Dan Donovan recently announced drop off boxes at the Island's 4 police precincts beginning next month. This will give Islanders the ability to safely discard their unused pills 24/7.
The next NDTBD is slated for sometime this October.
SIUH Stats: 9/2010 – 4/2014
North Total: 608.04 lbs.
South Total: 401.9 lbs.
Total: 1009.94 lbs