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