Stony Brook University’s IMPACT Coalition, the Center for Prevention and Outreach and the University Police Department are collaborating with the Brookhaven Drug Prevention Coalition for an upcoming “Shed the Meds” event. The event is in recognition of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “Take Back Day” where people are encouraged to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs to prevent drug addiction and overdose and environmental damage.
Throughout the years, Stony Brook University has continually encouraged students and faculty to dispose of prescription drugs that are no longer needed, using it as an educational opportunity to inform the campus community about prescription drug abuse. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, thousands of Americans misuse prescription drugs yearly with the highest rate among young adults.
The community will be able to drop off unused or expired medication at the Student Activities Center Plaza on Wednesday, October 20, from 10 am to 2 pm. Medications of any type will be accepted, except liquids or needles.
This event receives support from the New York Office of Addiction Services & Supports (OASAS) College Environmental Prevention Grant.