Turn in Unused or Expired Controlled and Non-Controlled Medications Saturday, April 24, 2021

Gouverneur, NY 2021 – Kinney Drugs, a leading pharmacy chain in New York and Vermont, is partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local law enforcement officials to offer individuals safe disposal of both controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter medications. (No sharps will be collected.) Kinney Drugs will host events at many New York and Vermont stores Saturday, April 24th, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All events are free and open to the public. A full list of participating locations is available at https://kinneydrugs.com/pharmacy/prescriptions/medication-disposal/.

The National DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back raises awareness for public safety and helps address public health issues. Studies show that prescription drug abuse (opioids in particular) in the US is at an all-time high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Many individuals do not realize that medicines stored in home medicine cabinets can be highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. In addition, many people do not know how to safely dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing it down the toilet or throwing it away – both of which pose potential environmental, safety, and health hazards. This event provides a safe, convenient, and environmentally responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. During October 2020’s National Take-Back event, 985,392 pounds (492.7 tons) of medications were collected nationwide.

About Kinney Drugs:  Founded in Gouverneur, NY in 1903, today the independent, employee-owned company operates 96 stores in New York and Vermont. Kinney Drugs is part of the KPH Healthcare Services family of companies, a national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH is comprised of six divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a chain of full-service drug stores located throughout New York and Vermont; (2) Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases; (5) Kinnect™, an on-site clinical care pharmacy; and (6) Aristacare, an infusion therapy pharmacy that offers both in-home infusion therapy (with HomeLife specialized nursing support) and operates an ambulatory infusion center. KPH Healthcare Services is an employee-owned company with approximately 4,300 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit.