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NYC Offering Prescription Drug Buy-Back Program

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- In an effort to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription medications, the city is holding a drug buy-back program on Saturday.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 15 sites around New York City will be accepting donations of old medications.

It's all part of a partnership between the Drug Enforcement Administration, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for New York City.

The goal is to combat the abuse of prescription drugs.

"Some of the drugs in our medicine cabinets can be as addictive, harmful, and even as lethal as those sold illegally in the streets.
While there has been a decline in the rate of drug deaths involving heroin, cocaine, and methadone over the past few years, rates of death involving prescription drugs have increased," District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. "I encourage all New Yorkers to join us in our fight against prescription drug abuse this weekend by donating their unused and expired medication to collection sites across the city."

A list of collection sites is below:

St. Patrick's Old Cathedral
Mott Street and Prince Street

New York City Fire Dept.
215 West 58th Street

New York City Fire Dept.
1367 5th Avenue

New York City Fire Dept.
25 Pitt Street

St. Paul The Apostle Church
Columbus Avenue and West 60th Street

New York City Police Dept.
120 East 119th Street

New York City Fire Dept.
42 Great Jones Street

Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital
210 East 64th Street

New York City Police Dept.
250 West 135th Street

James Place
99 Tenth Avenue

Lenox Hill Hospital
100 East 77th Street

EMS Station 16
15 West 136th Street

Daytop Village
54 West 40th Street

New York City Police Dept.
120 West 82nd Street

New York City Police Dept.
4295 Broadway

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