Author: Dutchess County Legislator Francena Amparo

New York State Drug Take Back Act (S.7354 / A.9576)

Reported overdose deaths in New York and Dutchess County have reached record highs. New York, like many states, is suffering the consequences of an opioid epidemic.  Both the state and the county have focused on prevention activities to build a coordinated approach to fight addictions and reduce deaths from overdose. One of the things that would be of tremendous help is the passage of the New York State Drug Take Back Act (S.7354 / A.9576).

 Given the number of lawsuits across the state and the country, the time is ripe for a manufacturer-funded drug take-back program in New York State. Mounting evidence demonstrates the need for safe and secure disposal options for pharmaceuticals that match the convenience of purchasing them. Drugs improperly stored in the home too often end up in the hands of children, teenagers, and potential abusers. A lack of safe disposal options contributes to the national drug abuse epidemic that is now the leading cause of injury death in the U.S., ahead of car accidents. More than 2,000 people in New York State die annually from opioid overdose, and most commonly from prescription pain relievers. Deaths from drug overdoses and chronic drug abuse in NYS increased at an alarming rate of 71 percent between 2010 and 2015.

The lack of safe disposal options is perpetuating the antiquated and harmful practices of flushing unwanted drugs or throwing them in the trash.  Sewage treatment plants and septic systems are not designed to remove these contaminants; therefore, every time we flush we are polluting our waters with trace amounts of drugs.  Drugs thrown in the trash are most often sent to landfills, with pharmaceuticals ending up in landfill leachate (water that passes through the landfill).  Both disposal practices threaten water quality and aquatic life.

While NYS has invested millions of dollars in expanding safe disposal, many New Yorkers still do not have convenient access. This legislation would provide a sustainable funding mechanism for a robust, statewide disposal program by holding drug companies accountable for managing their products throughout the entire product life cycle, instead of solely relying on taxpayers to fund management of these drugs at the products’ end-of-life.

In the U.S., 21 local governments (including Rockland County, NY) and 2 states (Massachusetts and Vermont) have already passed laws that require drug companies to establish collection programs for both controlled and non-controlled substances, providing residents with a convenient way to safely remove expired and unwanted medications from their homes. Many other jurisdictions around the country have introduced similar legislation, including Erie County and Westchester County in New York State.  Dutchess County is in the early stages of developing similar legislation.

Given the current opioid crisis, I encourage state lawmakers including State Senators Terrence Murphy and Sue Serino as well as Assemblymembers Didi Barrett, Kevin Cahill, and Kieran Michael Labor to support this legislation.

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Dutchess County Prescription Medication Drop Box Program

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Dutchess County offers 10 locations for residents to anonymously dispose of unused unwanted prescription medications & controlled substances. They are the following:

City of Beacon Police Dept. 1 Municipal Plaza, Beacon, NY 12508
Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office 150 N. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
East Fishkill Police Dept. 2468 Route 52, Hopewell Jct., NY 12533
Hyde Park Police Dept. 3 Cardinal Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538
NYS Police, Troop K Headquarters 2541 Route 44, Salt Point, NY 12578
**Pawling Substation, DC Sheriff’s Office** 9 Memorial Ave., Pawling, NY 12564
Town of Poughkeepsie Police Dept. 19 Tucker Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
**Millerton Police Dept.** 21 Dutchess Ave., Millerton, NY 12546
**Red Hook Police Dept.** 7467 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571
Wappingers Falls Police Dept. 2628 South Ave., Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

ALL LOCATIONS ARE ACCESSIBLE 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK
 **Exceptions:

V/O Millerton PD
Mon – Fri 9am-4pm
Sat. 12pm to midnight
Sun. 4pm – midnight or call 518-789-3115

Pawling Substation
Call 845-486-3800 for assistance

V/O Red Hook PD
Daily from 8am – midnight

Medicines deposited into the drop boxes should be in sealed containers/plastic bags.

Any used prescription medications, medicated ointments, over the counter medicines, and inhalers may be disposed of.

Hazardous materials and needles are not accepted and Pharmacies and medical providers are not allowed to take part in the program.

All for one and one for all – United we stand, divided we fall

Upcoming Event:  Mid-Hudson Islamic Association and Muslim Community in partnership with Civic and Community Organization invite you to attend an event to deliver a message of peace, solidarity, religious tolerance and kindness for all.

Sunday, March 26, 2017
2pm – 5pm
Fishkill Recreation 793 Route 52, Fishkill, NY 12524
RSVP to Seema Rizvi, MD at seema.rizvi1682@gmail.com

Resolution In Opposition To The Addition Of New Anchorage Grounds In The Hudson River

Would appreciate your opinion.  On this month’s agenda is 2017052 A RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO THE U.S. COAST GUARD’S DOCKET ID USCG-2016-0132 TO THE ADDITION OF NEW ANCHORAGE GROUNDS IN THE HUDSON RIVER  

For details click below.

http://www.dutchessny.gov/concalendar/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=5369

Sound off in person this today or via email at countylegislature@dutchessny.gov.

Francena Amparo
Assistant Minority Leader
Dutchess County Legislator – Dist. 14
Town of Wappinger & Village of Wappingers Falls
Tel: (845) 418-3162
Email: francena.amparo@gmail.com

Resolution In Opposition To The Addition Of New Anchorage Grounds In The Hudson River

Would appreciate your opinion.  On this month’s agenda is 2017052 A RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO THE U.S. COAST GUARD’S DOCKET ID USCG-2016-0132 TO THE ADDITION OF NEW ANCHORAGE GROUNDS IN THE HUDSON RIVER  

For details click below.

http://www.dutchessny.gov/concalendar/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=5369

Sound off in person this Thursday or via email at countylegislature@dutchessny.gov.

Francena Amparo
Assistant Minority Leader
Dutchess County Legislator – Dist. 14
Town of Wappinger & Village of Wappingers Falls
Tel: (845) 418-3162
Email: francena.amparo@gmail.com

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR VETERANS & GROUPS FOR THE FAMILIES OF VETERANS

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Groups will be meeting the 1st Wednesday of the month for veterans & the 3rd Wednesday for veteran’s families.  Both groups will meet at 110 Grand Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 and both groups will run from 5:30pm-6:30pm.  Vet2Vet of Dutchess County is responsible to hosting these support groups for veterans and groups for the families of veterans.

Consumer Workshops on Electric Vehicles

Free and Open to the Public – There will be a workshop in Poughkeepsie tomorrow.  I am also hosting a workshop in Wappingers Falls this Saturday. Please read for details. Thank you!

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