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For Release: Thursday, February 15, 2018

DEC Announces 172 Pharmacies, Hospitals and Long-Term Care Facilities Participating in 2nd Round of State's Pilot Drug 'Take-Back' Program

State's Pharmaceutical Take-Back Pilot Program Will Improve Water Quality, Protect Public Health and Reduce Safety Risks

74 Facilities Enrolled in 1st Round of Drug Take-Back Program in 2017

Retail Pharmacies, Hospitals and Long-Term Care Facilities Encouraged to Apply During the Open Enrollment Period

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the second group of participants in the State's $2 million Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program. Participants include 172 retail pharmacies, hospitals, and long-term care facilities across the state. Two-hundred and forty-six facilities are now enrolled in the program, which began in 2017.

The second-round locations enrolled in the Pilot Pharmaceutical Take Back Program will officially begin accepting waste medications in May 2018, when medication collection boxes are delivered to and installed by participating pharmacies. Until then, the public is encouraged to use existing medication collection box locations, which can be found by visiting DEC's website http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/67720.html and clicking on NYS Medication Drop Box Locations link.

"Installing medication drop boxes in community pharmacies, hospitals and long-term care facilities, increases opportunities for New Yorkers to properly and easily dispose of unwanted medications," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "The hundreds of pharmacies and facilities participating in New York's free drug take-back program are protecting their communities and the environment."

Under the drug take-back program, DEC will purchase medication collection boxes and pay for the disposal of waste pharmaceuticals collected by participating facilities for two years. Implementation of this pilot program will help improve water quality, protect public health by removing medications from home medicine cabinets, and reduce potential adverse impacts to fish and aquatic organisms. The Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program complements Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's ongoing efforts to combat opioid addition by removing unused and expired pharmaceuticals from the waste stream.

In addition, in his veto of Senate Bill Number 6750, which would have required chain pharmacies to provide drug disposal options paid for by customers, Governor Cuomo directed DEC to engage with stakeholders and local governments to prepare a report on the feasibility of creating and implementing a comprehensive, statewide pharmaceutical product stewardship program. DEC will issue the report later this year.

The statewide Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program is funded with $2 million from the state's Environmental Protection Fund. These resources will cover the full cost of purchasing U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-compliant medication drop boxes, as well as the cost of pick up, transport, and destruction of collected waste pharmaceuticals for a two-year period. The Governor's Proposed Executive Budget for 2018-19 includes an additional $1 million to support this pilot program.

With technological advances in analytical techniques, it is now possible to detect low levels of drugs in surface water and groundwater. Some drugs pass largely unaltered through wastewater treatment plants and enter rivers and other waterways.

Flushed medications have been found in New York lakes, rivers, and streams and can negatively affect the waterways. A national study conducted in 1999 and 2000, by the U.S. Geological Survey found low levels of drugs such as antibiotics, hormones, contraceptives, and steroids in 80 percent of rivers and streams tested. Medications adversely affect fish and other aquatic wildlife and increase the development of drug-resistant bacteria.

In addition, there are concerns about unused pharmaceuticals getting into the wrong hands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one U.S. citizen dies every 16 minutes from a drug overdose and has declared this public health threat an epidemic.

Senator Tom O'Mara, Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, said, "It's incredibly important to do anything and everything we can to complement and support the efforts of local law enforcement and other community leaders to combat prescription drug abuse. These efforts include National Prescription Drug Take- Back Days and other initiatives like this one to encourage the collection, and safe and responsible disposal of unused medications. New York's program to expand the number of permanent, locally based drop-off locations is a very positive addition to the state's ongoing, overall effort to protect our communities and local environments."

"Expired, unwanted and unused pharmaceutical drugs require proper disposal in order to prevent unintended consequences such as environmental harm. Flushing unwanted medicine and over the counter products isn't the answer - studies have detected widespread low-levels of drugs even in drinking water. This funding provided through the Environmental Protection Fund will keep these contaminants out of our water," said Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation.

"Pharmacists across New York State share the concerns of the Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the proper disposal of prescription medications and commend them for funding a statewide pilot take-back program to increase protection of the environment and improve public safety. Independent pharmacies are pleased to be significant supporters of a program that will provide this critical service to the communities they serve," said Kathy Febraio, Executive Director, Pharmacists Society of the State of New York.

"Grocers like Tops Supermarkets recognize the importance of providing a safe and convenient means of disposing of unwanted prescription drugs," said Michael Rosen, President of the Food Industry Alliance. "The DEC pilot project encourages people to get these drugs out of their homes while protecting the groundwater."

"By adding 172 new drug take-back locations to this pilot program, NYS DEC is significantly expanding a much needed service to New York residents with collection kiosks as a fundamental component to success," said Scott Cassel, chief executive officer and founder of the Product Stewardship Institute. "However, sustainable funding from drug manufacturers - mandated through extended producer responsibility laws - is needed to keep these programs operable in the long term."

"We are thrilled with DEC's progress and commitment to expand this valuable program. The need for safe disposal is greater than originally thought. This easy, safe and convenient program provides a meaningful solution to the challenges of safely disposing our unwanted drugs. Stopping drugs from being flushed into our drinking and coastal waters is critical to any protection plan. Kudos to the DEC!" said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

The pilot program is open and is accepting applications. Retail pharmacies, hospitals, and long-term care facilities are encouraged to enroll online at the Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program web page on DEC's website http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/108213.html or at on.ny.gov/rxpilot.

List of Initial Awardees - Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program
Regional Economic Development Council County Awardee
Capital Region Albany Crestwood Pharmacy 26A Picotte Dr Albany, NY 12208
Capital Region Albany Forteen Star Enterprises Inc. (Central Ave Pharmacy DBA) 346 Central Ave Albany, NY 12206
Capital Region Rensselaer Mohalk Inc DBA Mohawk Pharmacy 471 Fulton St Troy, NY 12180
Capital Region Saratoga Saratoga Hospital 211 Church St Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Capital Region Schenectady Lange's Pharmacy 2205 Nott Street Niskayuna, NY 12309
Central NY Cayuga Pine Hill Hometown Pharmacy Inc. 2949 State Rt 370Stop 3Cato, NY 13033
Central NY Cayuga Rx City Pharmacy, Inc 161 Genesee St Suite 105Auburn, NY 13021
Central NY Madison Community Memorial Hospital 150 Broad Street Hamilton, NY 13346
Central NY Madison Oneida Healthcare 323 Genesee Street Oneida, NY 13421
Central NY Onondaga C & J's Northside Pharmacy Inc.2301 Teall Avenue Syracuse, NY 13206
Central NY Onondaga Tops Pharmacy #3572265 Downer Street Baldwinsville, NY 13027
Central NY Onondaga Tops Pharmacy #373700 1st North Street Syracuse, NY 13208
Central NY Onondaga Upstate University Hospital 750 East Adams Street Syracuse, NY 13210
Central NY Oswego Village Pharmacy 537 South Main Street Central Square, NY 13036
Finger Lakes Genesee Loraul Pharmaceutics Inc DBA Alberty Drugs 81 Main Street Batavia, NY 14020
Finger Lakes Genesee Tops #245390 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020
Finger Lakes Livingston Nunda Family Pharmacy LLC 12 N State Street Nunda, NY 14517
Finger Lakes Livingston Tops Pharmacy #52035 Franklin Plaza Dansville, NY 14437
Finger Lakes Monroe Park Ridge Apothecary 1561 Long Pond Road Suite 104Rochester, NY 14626
Finger Lakes Monroe Tops Pharmacy #4183507 Mount Read Blvd Greece, NY 14616
Finger Lakes Orleans Orleans Community Health Medina Hospital 200 Ohio Street Medina, NY 14103
Finger Lakes Orleans Rosenkrans Pharmacy Inc 526 Main St Medina, NY 14103
Finger Lakes Wayne Dobbins Drugs52 William St Lyons, NY 14489
Finger Lakes Wayne Wolcott Pharmacy 12042 Main Street Wolcott, NY 14590
Finger Lakes Wyoming Attica Pharmacy, Inc. 2 Market St.Attica, NY 14011
Finger Lakes Wyoming Tops Pharmacy #238658 West Main Street Arcade, NY 14009
Long Island Nassau Fontak Inc Ryan Medical Pharmacy 2000 North Village Avenue Suite 107Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Long Island Nassau Glen Cove Chemists 20 Forest Avenue Glen Cove, NY 11542
Long Island Nassau Megha Pharmacy Inc DBA Cannon Pharmacy 23 South Main Street Freeport, NY 11520
Long Island Nassau Parkdale Pharmacy 945 Rosedale Road Valley Stream, NY 11581
Long Island Nassau Plainview Family Pharmacy 142-A Manetto Hill Road Plainview, NY 11803
Long Island Nassau Roslyn Pharmacy 1314 Old Northern Boulevard Roslyn, NY 11576
Long Island Nassau Transcript Pharmacy of New York, Inc. 87 Hempstead Turnpike Farmingdale, NY 11735
Long Island Suffolk Bay Village Drug & Surgical 357 Broadway Amityville, NY 11701
Long Island Suffolk Care+ Pharmacy 602 North Wellwood Avenue Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Long Island Suffolk Fairview Pharmacy & Homecare Supply 4747-10 Nesconset Highway Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Long Island Suffolk North Shore Pharmacy 25 Southdown Road Huntington, NY 11743
Long Island Suffolk SaluMed Pharmacy 1805 5th Avenue Bay Shore, NY 11706
Long Island Suffolk Sarvin Drugs Inc 1155 Deer Park Ave North Babylon, NY 11703
Mid-Hudson Dutchess Towne Center Pharmacy DBA Beekman Pharmacy 2540 Route 55PO Box 335Poughquag, NY 12570
Mid-Hudson Orange Central Valley Pharmacy 228 Route 32Suite 103Central Valley, NY 10917
Mid-Hudson Rockland Bardonia Pharmacy 301 Route 304 Suite 4Bardonia, NY 10954
Mid-Hudson Rockland Drug Mart 200 Rt 59 Suffern, NY 10901
Mid-Hudson Rockland Eckerson Drugs 287 N Main St Spring Valley, NY 10977
Mid-Hudson Rockland NeighboRx Pharmacy at Pearl River 139 N Middletown Rd Pearl River, NY 10965
Mid-Hudson Sullivan Riverside Remedies Rx Corp 39 Lower Main Street Callicoon, NY 12723
Mid-Hudson Sullivan The Family Drug Store 524 Broadway Monticello, NY 12701
Mid-Hudson Ulster Golden Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center 99 Golden Hill Drive Kingston, NY 12401
Mid-Hudson Ulster Nekos-Dedrick's Pharmacy 86 North Front Street Kingston, NY 12401
Mid-Hudson Westchester Bedford Pharmacy 424 Old Post Road Bedford, NY 10506
Mid-Hudson Westchester Marcs Village Pharmacy DBA Marinellis Village Pharmacy 31 E Main Street Elmsford, NY 10523
Mid-Hudson Westchester Paul's Pharmacy 222 Oakridge Common South Salem, NY 10590
Mid-Hudson Westchester Prescription Plus Pharmacy 23 Taylor Square West Harrison, NY 10604
Mid-Hudson Westchester Rye Ridge Pharmacy 146 South Ridge Street Rye Brook, NY 10573
Mid-Hudson Westchester Town Center Pharmacy 575 Main Street Armonk, NY 10504
Mohawk Valley Oneida Faxton Medical Center 1676 Sunset Avenue Utica, NY 13502
Mohawk Valley Otsego Foxcare Pharmacy One Foxcare Drive#215 Oneonta, NY 13820
New York City Bronx Allure Specialty Pharmacy 4377 Bronx Blvd Bronx, NY 10466
New York City Bronx Avighna Rx Dba Pulse Pharmacy 7 Bedford Park Blvd Bronx, NY 10468
New York City Bronx Castle Hill Community Pharmacy 706 Castle Hill Ave Bronx, NY 10473
New York City Bronx Castle Hill Drugs, Inc 674 Castle Hill Ave Bronx, NY 10473
New York City Bronx Danny's Pharmacy 1632 Bruckner Boulevard Bronx, NY 10473
New York City Bronx Heritage Pharmacy 233 East Tremont Ave Bronx, NY 10457
New York City Bronx Kingsbridge Pharmacy Crop 145 W Kingsbridge Rd Bronx, NY 10468
New York City Bronx LeMed Pharmacy III LLC 159 E Gun Hill Road Bronx, NY 10467
New York City Bronx Medicine Center Rx LLC 96 E 167th StBronx, NY 10452
New York City Bronx Ritecare Inc. (Dba: Friendly Pharmacy) 223 W 231St St Ste A Bronx, NY 10463
New York City Bronx Simfarose Pharmacy 765 Morris Park Ave Bronx, NY 10462
New York City Bronx Tri-Road Pharmacy 791 Westchester Ave Bronx, NY 10455
New YorkCity Kings 13th Ave Pharmacy 5211 13th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11219
New YorkCity Kings AVK Rx Pharmacy 3904 Church Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11203
New YorkCity Kings Ballard Pharmacy 226 Prospect Park West Brooklyn, NY 11215
New YorkCity Kings BBRx Pharmacy 6013 7th Avenue Unit B Brooklyn, NY 11220
New YorkCity Kings Bellos Pharmacy 179 St. Nicholas Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11237
New YorkCity Kings Best Quality Care Pharmacy 5015 8th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11220
New YorkCity Kings Careway Pharmacy 1174 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226
New YorkCity Kings Caribbean American Family Pharmacy 3424 Church Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11203
New YorkCity Kings Community Care Pharmacy 2913 Surf Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11224
New YorkCity Kings ERX Pharmaceutical DBA QwikMeds 159 Ralph Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11233
New YorkCity Kings Established Drugs 3001 Clarendon Road Brooklyn, NY 11226
New YorkCity Kings Flatbush Rx Pharmacy 1855 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11210
New YorkCity Kings Hill Rx Corp DBA New Victory Pharmacy 9216 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11209
New YorkCity Kings J&R Pharmacy 2302 Mermaid Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11224
New YorkCity Kings Kenby Pharmacy 6024 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11220
New YorkCity Kings Kings Drug & Surgical 492 Clarkson Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11203
New YorkCity Kings Marg Pharmacy, Inc 76 Graham Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11206
New YorkCity Kings Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy 1109 Coney Island Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11230
New YorkCity Kings Murawski Pharmacy Inc 94-98 Nassau Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11222
New YorkCity Kings Oak Park Pharmacy 205 Prospect Park West Brooklyn, NY 11215
New YorkCity Kings Ocean A& R Pharmacy Inc. 2806 Ocean Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11229
New York City Kings Ridge Chemists 122 Bay Ridge Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11220
New York City Kings Sam Pharmacy 210 Parkside Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226
New York City Kings Shalom's Pharmacy Inc 1106 Avenue K 1st Floor Brooklyn, NY 11230
New York City Kings Specialty Rx Servicing Atrium Center for Rehab and Nursing 611 East 103rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11236
New York City Kings United Pharm USA, Inc 669 Grand Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
New York City Kings V&A Pharmacy 72 Manhattan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11206
New York City Kings Y&Z Pharmacy DBA M&M Pharmacy 1901 Avenue M Brooklyn, NY 11230
New York City New York All Health Pharmacy Corp. 118 Mott Street New York, NY 10013
New York City New York Ami Pharmacy DBA St. Jesus Pharmacy 4180 Broadway New York, NY 10033
New York City New York BJ's Pharmacy 76-80 East 116th Street New York, NY 10029
New York City New York Broadway Family Pharmacy 2330 Broadway New York, NY 10024
New York City New York Downtown Pharmacy 165 William Street New York, NY 10038
New York City New York ESCO Drug Co Inc. 687 9th Avenue New York, NY 10036
New York City New York Good Health Family Pharmacy 449 West 125th Street New York, NY 10027
New York City New York I and S Pharmacy 1994 Third Avenue New York, NY 10029
New York City New York Lenox Terrace Pharmacy Inc 20 West 135th Street New York, NY 10037
New York City New York New London Pharmacy, Inc. 246 8th Avenue New York, NY 10011
New York City New York New York City Pharmacy 206 First Avenue New York, NY 10009
New York City New York Prohealth Pharmacy 385 Second Avenue New York, NY 10010
New York City New York Prohealth Pharmacy 370 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10017
New York City New York Uptown Care Pharmacy 2254 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10029
New York City New York V L V Med Pharmacy Inc 4085 Broadway New York, NY 10032
New York City Richmond Best Rx Pharmacy 325 New Dorp Lane Staten Island, NY 10306
New York City Richmond St. George Pharmacy 99 Stuyvesant Place Staten Island, NY 10301
New York City Queens Ascan Pharmacy Inc. 10121 Metropolitan Avenue Forest Hills, NY 11375
New York City Queens Avonora Pharmacy 149-01 Union Turnpike Flushing, NY 11367
New York City Queens Avonora Pharmacy 5456 Myrtle Avenue Ridgewood, NY 11385
New York City Queens B&B Pharmacy, Inc 79-08 37th Avenue Jackson Heights, NY 11372
New York City Queens Bangladesh Farmacia 73-21 37th Road Jackson Heights, NY 11372
New York City Queens Bayside Pharmacy Inc 221-36 Horace Harding Expressway Oakland Gardens, NY 11364
New York City Queens Camia Drugs, Inc Franconia Pharmacy 45-02 162nd Street Flushing, NY 11358
New York City Queens Cedars Pharmacy 95-19 57th Avenue Elmhurst, NY 11373
New York City Queens Corona Farmacia Inc 111-19A Roosevelt Avenue Corona, NY 11368
New York City Queens Crescent Chemists 24-12 34 Avenue Long Island City, NY 11106
New York City Queens Evergreen Drugs Co 87-08 Justice Avenue Elmhurst, NY 11373
New York City Queens Franhill Pharmacy 204-19 Hillside Avenue Hollis, NY 11423
New York City Queens Grandview Pharmacy 590 Grandview Avenue Ridgewood, NY 11385
New York City Queens Har Har Pharmacy Corp dba Big Apple Pharmacy 37-71 103rd Street Corona, NY 11368
New York City Queens Hill Pharmacy 53-82 65th Place Maspeth, NY 11378
New York City Queens La Guardia Pharmacy 101-22 Astoria Boulevard East Elmhurst, NY 11369
New York City Queens MC Drugs LLC 13670 Roosevelt Avenue Flushing, NY 11354
New York City Queens Metropolitan Pharmacy II Inc 103-11 Metropolitan Avenue Forest Hills, NY 11375
New York City Queens My Hope Pharmacy LLC 14114 Northern Boulevard Flushing, NY 0
New York City Queens Queens Central Pharmacy, Inc 116-08 Queens Boulevard Forest Hills, NY 11375
New York City Queens Russo's Pharmacy 1909 Cornaga Avenue Far Rockaway, NY 11691
New York City Queens S&M Pharmacy 6850 Main Street Flushing, NY 11367
New York City Queens Sterling Pharmacy 38-01 Bell Boulevard Bayside, NY 11361
New York City Queens Sunrise Pharmacy Inc. 76-11a Broadway Elmhurst, NY 11373
New York City Queens Triumph Pharmacy 111-12 Sutphin Boulevard Jamaica, NY 11435
New York City Queens Wellness Center Pharmacy 40-13 Broadway Astoria, NY 11102
New York City Queens WZ Plus Inc 13523 Roosevelt Avenue Flushing, NY 11354
North Country Jefferson Carthage Area Hospital 1001 West St.Carthage, NY 13619
Southern Tier Chemung Gerould's Professional Pharmacy 130 South Main Street Elmira, NY 14904
Southern Tier Chemung Gerould's Professional Pharmacy 2887 Westinghouse Road Horseheads, NY 14845
Southern Tier Chemung Gerould's Professional Pharmacy Inc 215 Hoffman Street Elmira, NY 14905
Southern Tier Steuben Addison's Apothecary 36 Main Street Addison, NY 14801
Southern Tier Steuben Beavers Pharmacy 7 Main Street Canisteo, NY 14823
Southern Tier Steuben Gerould's Pharmacy 98 West Pulteney Street Corning, NY 14830
Southern Tier Steuben Market Street Apothecary LLC 78 W. Market St Corning, NY 14830
Southern Tier Steuben Park Pharmacy of Hammondsport PO Box 18827 Shethar Street Hammondsport, NY 14840
Southern Tier Steuben Tops #539309 West Morris Street Bath, NY 14810
Southern Tier Tioga Neel-Path LLC/Apalachin Pharmacy 6845 State Rt 434PO Box 376Apalachin, NY 13732
Western NY Allegany Nicholson Pharmacy 36 Schuyler Street Belmont, NY 14813
Western NY Cattaraugus Bartholomews Pharmacy, Inc. 2 Elm Street Franklinville, NY 14737
Western NY Cattaraugus Tops Pharmacy #206 2401 West State Street Olean, NY 14760
Western NY Chautauqua Tops Pharmacy #209 2000 Washington Street Jamestown, NY 14701
Western NY Chautauqua Tops Pharmacy #264 3955 Vineyard Drive Dunkirk, NY 14048
Western NY Chautauqua Westfield Community Pharmacy 55-57 East Main Street Westfield, NY 14787
Western NY Erie Bertrand Chaffee Hospital 224 East Main Street Springville, NY 14141
Western NY Erie Brooks Pharmacy 4481 Lakeshore Road Hamburg, NY 14075
Western NY Erie Dexter Pharmacy 1453 Jefferson Avenue Buffalo, NY 14208
Western NY Erie Family Medical Pharmacy 120 Plaza Drive Williamsville, NY 14221
Western NY Erie Tops Pharmacy #42 3500 Main Street Amherst, NY 14226
Western NY Erie Tops Pharmacy #108 3201 Southwestern Boulevard Orchard Park, NY 14127
Western NY Erie Tops Pharmacy #113 (Perna - Niagara Inc.) 425 Niagara Street Buffalo, NY 14201
Western NY Erie Tops Pharmacy #114 (Broadway Penora Inc.) 5175 Broadway Depew, NY 14043
Western NY Erie Tops Pharmacy #131 700 Thruway Plaza Drive Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Western NY Erie Tops Pharmacy #213 1460 South Park Avenue Buffalo, NY 14220
Western NY Erie Tops Pharmacy #226 890 Young Street Tonawanda, NY 14150
Western NY Erie Tops Pharmacy #232 2101 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14207
Western NY Erie Tops Pharmacy #250 1275 Jefferson Avenue Buffalo, NY 14208
Western NY Niagara Tops Pharmacy #22 7200 Niagara Falls Boulevard Niagara Falls, NY 14304-1716
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