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Prescription drop-off day aims to reduce access

Prescription drop-off day aims to reduce access

State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recognized the sixth annual National Prescription Drug T
Prescription drop-off day aims to reduce access
Detective William S. Marchewka helps an anonymous person during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at the Glenville Police Department on Saturday, April 27, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson

State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recognized the sixth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day with a stop on Saturday at the drop-off spot at the Crossgates Mall in Albany.

The site was one of dozens in the Capital Region where people were encouraged to come and dispose of expired and unneeded prescription drugs. The effort is designed to curb the abuse of prescription medication.

“One of the keys to stemming the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse is cutting off easy access to unused drugs in home medicine cabinets,” said Schneiderman in a statement.

“That’s why New York’s groundbreaking I-STOP law expanded on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to make medication drop boxes available year round all across the state,” he said, adding that people can find a year-round drop box by visiting the state Department of Health website.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, visited three disposal sites in Schenectady County and touted this outlet as a safe way to empty medicine cabinets of unwanted prescriptions.

“While it might seem easier to simply throw them away or flush them down the toilet, getting rid of prescription drugs this way could hurt our environment and pose a serious threat to the public’s health,” Santabarbara said in a statement.

The effort ran 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to Schneiderman’s release, more than 2 million pounds of prescription medications were discarded during Take-Back days in the last five years.

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