Capital Region participates in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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FILE – In this June 15, 2018, file photo, pharmaceuticals are seen in North Andover, Mass. A government report says prices for prescription drugs edged down 1% last year, driven by declines for generics and slow growth for brand-name medications. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

NEW YORK (NEWS10) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold its 19th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 24. The nationwide day has the goal of providing a safe means of disposing of prescription drugs. Several collection sites are available for drop off across the Capital Region.

Collection sites will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines. 

A few notable locations in the Capital region are:

  • EAST GREENBUSH POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • ALBANY POLICE DEPT. SOUTH STATION
  • RENSSELAER CITY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
  • NEW YORK STATE POLICE TROOP G HEADQUARTERS
  • GUILDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

Find a local collection site.

In a prepared statement U.S Attorney Andrew Lelling said:

“Unused prescription drugs are a safety hazard and can contribute to drug misuse and abuse… Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a tool to eliminate a major source of prescription drugs from homes and reduce the hazard they pose to our families and communities in a safe and responsible manner.”

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling

The DEA will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms. They will also accept vape pens or other e-cigarette devices after the batteries are removed from the devices.

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