FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | APRIL 26, 2017
Troy Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 29
TROY, NY – On Saturday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the City of Troy Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused or unwanted prescription pills. Troy residents and members of the public can bring their pills for disposal to the Troy Police Department’s Central Station, located at 55 State Street, Troy. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps; only pills or patches).
The event is part of the National Take-Back Initiative, a program launched by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2010 which aims to provide local communities a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. The campaign also seeks to educate the public on the potential for abuse of prescription medications.
Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or contact the Troy Police Department’s Community Police Unit at (518) 270-4415.