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April 26, 2013

Drug Take-Back Day set for Saturday

PLATTSBURGH — North Country residents can dispose of expired and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday at several locations around the region.

Collection sites are open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is anonymous, free and no questions are asked, a press release says.

This will be the sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in three years, put on by the Drug Enforcement Administration and its national, tribal and community partners.

From around the country, each event has brought an average 400,000 pounds of medications.

“The public has embraced the opportunity these Take-Back Day events provide to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs,” the release said. 

“Local law-enforcement agencies in thousands of American communities partnered with the DEA to take in over 2 million pounds — almost 1,018 tons — of expired prescription drugs since September 2010.”

SAFE SCRIPTS

Since July of 2012, about 290 pounds of prescription medication have been placed in the Plattsburgh City Police medication drop box in the station’s lobby.

The City Police program is called Safe Scripts.

“Safe Scripts helps to reduce the impact prescriptions/medications have on the environment and will also take them out of the reach of children in the community,” City Police said on their Facebook page.

People can drop off medicine 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And the Police Department can make arrangements for officers to pick up unwanted prescription medications from elderly or disabled city residents.

Unused medications pose a public health and safety concern because they can easily be ingested accidentally, misused and abused, the release said. 

“Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high — more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health.”

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