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Prescription Drug Take-Back on April 29

Accidental exposure to medications can be a problem in the United States and it’s often in homes with young children, so it’s important to dispose of expired and old medications in the home as they present an unnecessary health risk.

The majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys
that they get their drugs from friends and family

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day offers a way to safely and conveniently dispose of medications. On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., several local law enforcement agencies will accept pills for safe disposal (needles, sharps and liquids cannot be accepted.)

In 2016, this is a free and anonymous service that resulted in 893,498 pounds of pills being collected, and of that number 47,596 pounds were collected in New York.

 Drug Take-Back

Americans understand that cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and bedside tables reduces accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of these medicines, including the opioid painkillers that accounted for 20,808 drug overdoses - 78 a day - in 2014 (the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). 

Eight out of 10 new heroin users began
by abusing prescription painkillers
and moved to heroin
when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers.

It’s important, however, you don’t dispose of old medications and drugs in the sewer or in the garbage can – both of those disposal methods can lead to accidental exposure, contaminated water, or intentional misuse.

County Waste & Recycling, Clifton Park, NY encourages everyone to support the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day as a way to protect our communities from unnecessary exposure to medications in the home and minimize the risk for abuse.

Below are a few of the drop off locations.

Watervliet Police Department
2-15th Street
Watervliet, NY

Albany County Sheriff
58 Verda Avenue
Clarksville, NY

Albany NY Police Department
CVS Pharmacy
885 Central Avenue
Albany, NY

Albany NY Police Department
Albany Police Department South Station
126 Arch Street
Albany, NY

Albany NY Police Department
Albany College of Pharmacy
Car Port (Drive Up Drop Off)
106 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
Amsterdam Police Department
Public Safety Complex
Guy Park Avenue Ext.
Amsterdam, NY

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
200 Clark Drive
Fultonville, NY

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
Canajoharie Police Department
75 Erie Boulevard
Canajoharie, NY

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
St. Johnsville Police Department
16 Washington Street
Saint Johnsville, NY

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
Fort Plain Police Department
168 Canal Street
Fort Plain, NY

Rensselaer Police Department
North End Fire Station
2 St. Francis Place
Rensselaer, NY

Schodack Police Department
Police Department
1797 Columbia Turnpike
Castleton, NY

Schenectady Police Department
531 Liberty Street
Schenectady, NY

Rotterdam Police Department
101 Princetown Road
Rotterdam, NY

Easthampton Police
Easthampton Public Safety Complex
32 Payson Avenue
Easthampton, NY

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