Pharmacy takeback bill signed in Rockland


NEW CITY – Rockland County Executive Edwin Day signed a bill into law on Tuesday, requiring pharmacies to take back unused prescription medication.
The measure requires pharmacies that have three or more locations to take back unused prescription drugs and safely dispose of them.
“There is an epidemic of opioid abuse in this county, in this state, in this nation,” Day said. “We don’t think it will happen in our family. We never think that those pills that the doctor prescribed for a mom or dad following surgery a couple of years ago could be misused.”
The bill signing took place at the Lexington Recovery Center, a mental health treatment organization that helps people with drug and alcohol additions, including addiction to opioids.
“This law will save lives,” said Adrienne Marcus, executive director of Lexington. 

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