Prescription Drug Take-Back on April 29Accidental 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.
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.
Ace Carting Corp, Fort Ann, 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 drop off locations or you can search online and locate other locations closer to you.
Warren County Sheriff’s Office
1400 State Route 9
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Washington County Law Enforcement Center
Fort Edward, NY
Saratoga County Sheriff Office
Moreau Emergency Squad
1583 Route 9
Fort Edward, NY
Whitehall Police Department
57 Skenesborough Drive