Don’t Flush or Pour Unwanted, Unused, or Expired Medications down the Drain

The Dutchess County Environmental Management Council, is proud to announce the establishment of a year-round household medication drop-off point in Dutchess County, at Tuminaro Pharmacy in Hopewell Junction, NY.

The program is an effort to protect NY’s waters, as improperly disposed pharmaceuticals enter our waterways from a variety of sources including flushing of unused medications.  According to the NY Department of Environmental Conservation website, a nationwide study done in 1999 and 2000 by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) found low levels of drugs such as antibiotics, hormones, contraceptives and steroids in 80% of the rivers and streams tested.

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