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Senator calls for pharmacy drug take back program


Troy, N.Y. - Pharmacies like Lindsay Drug Company in Troy are currently not allowed by federal regulations to host drug take back events. With the addiction and illegal sales of prescription drugs, some local officials say it's a growing epidemic in the Capital Region.

"To go out there and sell it on the streets to people who have drug addictions or to our children it's unacceptable. It can't happen. We got to put a stop to it," said Assemblyman and owner of Marra's Pharmacy, John McDonald.

McDonald says he agrees with Senator Charles Schumer's call to the Drug Enforcement Agency to allow pharmacies to hold drug take back programs.

"Drugs like hydrocodone and oxycodone are very highly sought after. They have  tremendous street value," said McDonald.

Senator Schumer says there has been an increase in drug related burglaries in Rensselaer County. He says those stealing are more likely to take prescription pills from the home rather than jewelry.

"New York State Assembly this past session we did pass a bill that allows for pharmacies to take back controlled substances but it's dependent on the DEA, hence why Senator Schumer is championing this issue," said McDonald.

Senator Schumer will be at Lindsay Drug Company in Troy Monday morning.

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