Drug take-back day slated for Saturday

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Police Department Neighborhood Engagement Unit, in cooperation with Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Prevention Council and the Rob Constantine Recovery Center, will host a drive-thru prescription take back from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and offer drive-thru Narcan training in the north parking lot of City Hall, between City Hall and the Fire Department, according to a news release.

The participants will be able to dispose of expired, unwanted, or unused prescription medications and/or receive Narcan training and supplies without leaving their vehicle.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Takeback Day. “The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on drug use and health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths” (from takebackday.dea.gov). Those who want to receive Narcan training only do not need to have prescriptions to drop off to participate.

By Patricia Older