AID FOR AIDS is always up to date when it comes to obey the law. This time, thanks to the Take Back Program of the Department for Drug Control (DEA) on Saturday, April 26 our co-worker Mauricio Iafolla fulfilled the task of properly disposing medicines that had been donated to AID FOR AIDS, but for different reasons, expired and could not be used anymore.
The Take Back program aims to provide safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
AID FOR AIDS discarded eight boxes of medications, one of which included bottles with liquid medicines with an approximate weight of 305 pounds. These drugs are then incinerated following the regulations of the city of New York. The drugs were delivered to the Police Department of New York, Precinct 7, located at 19 1/2 Pitt Street. There, the Take Back program places a box that reads “GOT DRUGS?” where it is expected to receive the drugs that later will be discarded.
Take Back allows us to meet the regulations of the City of New York for proper disposal of medicines. It also gives us the opportunity, every four or six months, to properly discard an enormous amount of drugs that, most of time, were expired when received. Furthermore, we can also save money, since private drug disposal programs charge a monthly fee to provide the service.