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Dozens of options to rid home of unwanted, expired prescription drugs at 2020 #TakeBackDay

Photo of DEA's 2020 Take Back Day

FOR RELEASE: October 19, 2020

SYRACUSE, N.Y. –  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday October 24th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Dozens of local police departments and drug stores across New York have partnered together to provide a free opportunity to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

To find a site closest to your home check out this link.

Last fall, the DEA says Americans turned in nearly 883,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, collected nearly 6,350 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010.

In addition to the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, there are many other ways to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs every day:

If you are in Onondaga County, since 2015 our SNADD Program has partnered with 11 police departments plus Onondaga County Community College and SUNY Environmental School of Forestry to make medicine boxes available and most collect sharps/needles. Residents can drop-off their old, expired medications and used hypodermic needles, sharps and lancets at these sites during regular business hours year-round.

If you are in Western New York, review this list for drop-off locations year-round.

The DEA says collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations. 


In the case of a poisoning or for information purposes, call the Upstate New York Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year. Each year our center manages more than 50,000 calls from health care providers, 911 operators, hospitals, industry, schools, and the general public in our 54-county service area.

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About Upstate New York Poison Center

Housed inside Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, the Upstate New York Poison Center is dedicated to reducing the number, cost and severity of poisonings within its designated 54-county service area as mandated by New York State Law. The Center is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to both health professionals and the general public at 1-800-222-1222.

About Upstate Medical University

SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, is the only academic medical center in Central New York. It is also the region's largest employer with 9,460 employees. Affiliated with the State University of New York, Upstate's mission is to improve the health of the community through education, biomedical research and health care.

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