From left: BPD Commander Adam Hornick, Town Supervisor David VanLuven and Four Corners pharmacist Paul Pagnotta. Photo courtesy Bethlehem Police Department
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DELMAR — The Bethlehem Police Department has announced a partnership with the Four Corners Pharmacy on a new initiative in the fight against the current opioid epidemic.
The Four Corners Pharmacy, located at 360 Delaware Ave. in Delmar, has installed a secure drug disposal box. This box allows people to dispose of unwanted and unneeded prescriptions and controlled substances in a manner that is both anonymous and safe for the environment. It is as simple as walking into the pharmacy and placing the pill bottles in the disposal bin.
“No community is immune to the plague of the opioid epidemic,” said Bethlehem Police Commander Adam Hornick, “however, working with our business partners and community, we can work on all angles of this crisis. Giving the community a safe and free method to dispose of prescriptions and controlled substances is yet another avenue to getting these substances off the streets. Prompt and proper disposal reduces the risk of theft or improper use of these substances.
“The efforts of the Four Corners Pharmacy are paramount to the success of community involvement in dealing with this issue that is straining many aspects of our society,” he added. “We thank them for their dedication, and resources during this time.”
Everyone may participate in the program, which is free and anonymous. While it is not required, individuals disposing of prescriptions in their original containers are encouraged to remove identifying information from the label. Both controlled and non-controlled substances will be accepted.
The pharmacy is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, please contact the Bethlehem Police Department at (518) 439-9973 (non-emergency line).