Check those medicine cabinets: Saturday is Drug Take-Back Day

Toni Houston
October 29, 2017

"Takeback Day is a simple, vital step individuals can take on their own to help address this public health crisis".

Central New Yorkers will be able to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs from 10 2 p.m. Saturday at pharmacies and other community drop-off sites throughout the region.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held twice a year.

The disposal service is free and anonymous with no questions asked, but the DEA advises it can not accept liquids or sharps of any kind, including needles. Needles, sharps, asthma inhalers, and illicit drugs will not be accepted at the drop box.

The objective of the day is to get unused prescription drugs and pills off the streets and properly disposed of.

Those unable to get out to the event on Saturday should go onto the website:, where information is available on the proper disposal of unused medicines, Pomeroy said.

Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons or over 900,386 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

The program's campaign material states, "Most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends".

Sessions said that medicines forgotten in home medicine cabinets are increasingly subject to misuse and that rates of accidental poisonings and overdose by prescription medications are alarmingly high.

According to the DEA, flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash poses potential safety and health hazards.

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