Prescription drug takeback event Saturday

GLOVERSVILLE — City police and the Drug Enforcement Agency will be holding a prescription drug takeback event for city residents on Saturday.

According to a news release from city police, the event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police station, 3 Frontage Road.

This event will be the 13th opportunity in seven years, and is aimed at preventing pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

Overall, in its 12 previous take-back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

“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,” city police write in the release. “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: deadiversion.usdoj. gov/drugdisposal/takeback/index.html or contact the Gloversville Police Department Detective Division at (518)773-4514.

By Chad Fleck

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