National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is happening on Saturday on the South Fork. Pharmaceutical drugs that are no longer needed or are expired can be safely disposed of at collection points in order to avoid drug contamination of drinking water. Drugs should not be flushed down the toilet or thrown into the garbage.
In East Hampton, pharmaceuticals can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Town Hall. The East Hampton Town Police Department’s Wainscott headquarters and Sag Harbor Village police headquarters have drug-disposal boxes in their lobbies, and there are others kept at various pharmacies in town, if you cannot make it down to Town Hall this weekend.
Over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, medications for household pets, and medicated lotions or ointments will be accepted at a drug take-back day on Saturday at several locations throughout Southampton Town, too, including at the police substation at the Bridgehampton Commons, where unused or expired medications can be dropped off for safe disposal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Needles, thermometers, business or professional waste, and liquid medications will not be accepted.
A little farther west, the participating locations during the same hours are Southampton Village police headquarters, the Hampton Bays Community Center, the Flanders Community Center, and the Westhampton Beach Village police station.