Prescription drug take back day
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COLONIE, N.Y. -- The Colonie Police Department teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to get rid of unused prescription drugs.
Officials say National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is aimed at bringing attention to pharmaceutical drug abuse. Disposal is free and easy to do by just dropping off the medication at a collection site.
People are encouraged to bring in any expired, unwanted or unused medicine.
Police say the program helps people safely dispose of any unwanted or unused medication by keeping it out of our water supply and off the streets.
"Anything that is in any form, except for hypodermic. We can accept any needles, but anything prescription or non prescription in pill or liquid format can just drop in the box. They get sealed up and get turned over to the DEA and they take care of the disposal," said Michael Franze, Administration Services Sergeant with the Colonie Police Department.
Colonie Police say more than 150 people disposed of their medicine in support of the initiative.
For more information on where to find collection sites like this, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.