SCHENECTADY, NY (NEWS10) – The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), kicked off its “Drug Takeover” event on Sunday. This initiative addresses public safety and public health issues surrounding unused prescription drugs.
Medicines left in household cupboards for long periods of time are susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are very high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses from these drugs. Studies show that the majority of over-prescribing comes from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
The usual methods of disposing of unused medicines, which include flushing them down the toilet and throwing them in the trash, pose potential health and safety risks. To combat this, the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office will collect all unwanted prescription drugs, no questions asked, on April 30.
The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Substation, located at 130 Princetown Plaza in Schenectady. No needles or aerosols will be collected at the event – only unused prescriptions. The collection is intended for residents and not businesses.