Requires chain pharmacies to collect unused meds

A new state law that goes into effect this summer will require chain and mail-order pharmacies to accept and dispose of unused prescription medications. The program, which will include kiosks or mail-order returns, will be financed by drug makers.

According to lawmakers, the regulation is designed to create more locations where medications can be brought to keep them out of the hands of children and those addicted to opiates, as well as state waterways. Philipstown Town Hall in Cold Spring (weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the Beacon Police Department (24/7) both have boxes. In the Highlands, only Rite Aid in Beacon would be required to accept medication under the law, which applies to pharmacies with 10 or more locations.

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