800+ pounds of medicine collected during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Too many lives are taken from people abusing their medications. That’s why the DEA has taken action to put a stop to it through their annual “drug take back” day that is held in several locations around the country.

The Guilderland Public Library were one of many places collecting medications on Saturday and they had a tremendous turnout. According to the DEA, the total weight was a record of 836 pounds.

The Guilderland Police Department set up a table outside of the library. A lot of cars dropped off bags of prescription drugs.

One of them was Michelle Napierski, who said she makes it a habit to check her cabinets during her spring cleaning.

“The environment, I didn’t want it getting into the water system. I know there’s lots of bad things that can happen when your drugs go down the toilet or down the sink or in the garbage, said Napierski.

This one day event gave people a chance to drop off any expired, unwanted, or unused prescription drugs before it gets into the hands of someone else.

“I think it’s a really good plan.  Teenagers are grabbing them out of people’s medicine cabinets and taking things they don’t know what they are and I want them out of my cabinet if I don’t need them,” said Napierski.

Collection sites were held in several spots though out the Capital Region, making it a “safe” area for a drop-off spot.

“I just think it’s great. It really shows people are concerned about what’s in their house, what can be on the street and I just think it’s great that people are thinking about their health, their safety and the communities’ health and safety,” said Ann Wemple-Person of the Guilderland Public Library.

Only over-the-counter substances and medications in or out of their original containers were accepted. The police then brought the meds to the DEA who then disposes them.

“There’s been an over-prescribing of drugs particularly, painkillers and what’s often under our very nose, we don’t realize could end up being a problem,” said Assemblyman Pat Fahy.

Locations around the Capital Region collected medications until 2 p.m.

All of the locations are listed below.

  • Guilderland Library – 2228 Western Ave, Guilderland
  • Adams Police Station – 4 School St.
  • North Adams Police Station – 11 Summer St.
  • CHP Neighborhood Health Center – 510 North St., Pittsfield
  • Dalton CRA – 400 Main St.
  • Berkshire Mall Food Court – 655 Cheshire Rd, Lanesborough
  • Lenox Town Hall – 6 Walker St.
  • Lee Ambulance Service – 177 Main St.
  • Stockbridge Police Station – 50 Main St.
  • Niskayuna Police Department – 1 Niskayuna Circle
  • Rotterdam Police Department – 101 Princetown Road
  • Scotia Police Department – 4 North Ten Broeck St.
  • Glenville Police Department – 18 Glenville Road
  • Schenectady City Police Department – 531 Liberty St.
  • Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office – 130 Princetown Plaza
  • Warren County Sheriff’s Office – 1400 State Rt. 9, Queensbury
  • Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department – 3697 Rt. 43
  • East Greenbush Police Department – 225 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer
  • Hoosick Falls Police Department – 29 Main Street, Hoosick Falls
  • Schodack Police Department – 1797 Columbia Turnpike, Castleton
  • Rensselaer City Police Department – 2 St. Francis Place
  • Troy Police Department – 55 State Street, Troy
  • NYSP – 1485 State Route 9, Castleton
  • Moreau EMS – 1583 State Route 9, Moreau
  • Ballston Spa Police – 30 Bath Street, Ballston Spa
  • Clifton Park Public Safety Building – 5 Municipal Plaza, Rt 146
  • Clifton Park-Halfmoon EMS – 15 Crossing Blvd.
  • CVS Parking Lot – 12 South Central Ave, Mechanicville
  • Saratoga Hospital (ER Parking Lot) – 211 Church Street
  • Saratoga Springs Police Department – Maple Ave (Behind City Hall)
  • Latham Public Safety Center (Main Courtroom) – 312 Wolf Road, Latham

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