Officials will be collecting the disposed-of medication between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow.
"This nation has been hit hard by the epidemic of addiction and substance abuse, and in NY we are taking every possible step to combat this crisis", Governor Cuomo said in a statement. Keeping unneeded prescriptions poses various risks including ingesting out-of-date drugs and increased opportunities for abuse and misuse of prescriptions. The DEA can not accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.
There are two drug take back days each year: one in April and one in October.
"Take Back Day is an effective tool for addressing the opioid crisis in America", he added. "That's not going to work for you, even if you were to have to use that type of medication, it's not going to be active or work for you the way it should".
Experts say turning in the unused drugs not only keeps them from getting into the wrong hands, it also keeps them from being flushed down the toilet or into landfills where they can impact water supplies.
It's all part of the Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a nationwide event meant to encourage people to turn in their old prescriptions.
Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, eclipsing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms.
"Prescription drug abuse, specifically opioids, is a significant public health challenge in the Commonwealth today", said Dr. Daniel Carey, Secretary of Health and Human Resources.
More than 50 state, local and tribal police departments are setting up collection sites throughout the state. "We must take every step we can to stop this from happening". The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.
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The DEA in conjunction with the Springfield Police Department expects to collect more than 500 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.