DEA to have drug take-back event set

GLOVERSVILLE – Area residents with leftover or unwanted prescription drugs will get a chance to safely get rid of the medications during a special event at area law enforcement agencies this weekend.

According to a news release, the Drug Enforcement Administration will host the Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event is aimed at preventing pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The public can bring their pills for disposal to the law enforcement agencies listed to drop off their unwanted pills.

The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

According to a release from the Gloversville Police Department, last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds-about 3,200 tons-of pills.

According to the Gloversville Police Department, this initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

“Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse,” the release states. “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.”

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Saturday Take Back Day event, go to the DEA diversion website www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug-disposal/takeback/index.html.

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