Thursday April 25, 2013 | By:Felice E. Krycia-associate editor | News
The Town of Hamburg Police, the North Collins Police and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration will hold unwanted prescription drug drop off collections from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the West Herr Collision Center, 5140 Camp Road, Hamburg and at the Village of North Collins Municipal Building, 10543 Main St., North Collins.
People are encouraged to bring unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs to the police department, who will properly dispose of the drugs for free.
In some cases, people will flush unwanted or expired drugs down the toilet to get rid of them. The medication dissolves and is carried into the water system. Drugs which are thrown into landfills, will eventually dissolve and work its way into the groundwater system.
By disposing of the drugs at a Take Back Program, these drugs will be disposed of in an environmentally safe way.
It has also been shown that medicines left in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misused and abuse, including accidental poisoning and overdoses.
Last October, people across the United States turned in 377,080 pounds (188.5 tons) of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds (nearly 500 tons) of pills.