Saturday's a good day to safely dispose of old, unwanted prescriptions

Grant Boone
October 30, 2018

Unused or expired prescription drugs can be dropped off anonymously, with no questions asked, a Santa Fe County news release says. The stores are located in Niagara Falls, Amherst, Orchard Park, Buffalo (5), Depew, Olean, Jamestown, Tonawanda, Arcade, Batavia, Dunkirk, Baldwinsville, Syracuse, Greece, Dansville and Bath, N.Y. Proper disposal also helps reduce the risk of prescription drugs entering a human water supply or potentially harming aquatic life, police said.

In May, officials said almost 15,000 pounds of drugs were collected in New Hampshire, which recently launched a new statewide organization focused on the safe disposal of prescription medication.

One way Rochester residents can safely dispose old medications is at a drop-off event tomorrow from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at the Gonda West Entrance on Third Avenue Southwest at the Mayo Clinic for "National Prescription Drug Take Back Day".

The DEA says over six million Americans misused prescription drugs in 2016, the majority of which came from home.

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Law enforcement agencies from coast to coast are taking part in the second National Drug Take Back Day of the year on Saturday. Personal information will be removed from the containers.

Prescription drugs are intended only for the person to whom they are prescribed, and when those medications are misplaced, forgotten about, or unaccounted for, they can become a danger to others.

All across MI and here in the Upper Peninsula, law enforcement and volunteers collected outdated and un-used prescription drugs. Expired drugs may have lost their effectiveness and therefore no longer be a safe and adequate treatment for the conditions for which they were prescribed. They are aiming to provide a responsible way of disposing prescription drugs and also educating the public on the potential abuse of medications.

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