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
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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