Upstate NY to Participate in ‘National Take-Back Day’ for Unwanted Prescription Drugs April 29

This weekend, the City of Troy Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will participate in the National Take Back Day event, which allows the public to drop off any expired, unwanted, unused or potentially dangerous prescription pills.

The catch? There is none –you can drop them off anonymously and without penalty. The idea behind the event, which has been happening since 2010, is to provide communities with a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs.

As much as one might try to avoid the craziness of what’s in the news these days, opioid and prescription drug addiction has devastated the most remote, low-income towns to wealthy, upscale communities all across the USA. There’s been a push to raise awareness about prescription drug addiction: how it happens, how to seek treatment, and how to to talk about it before the epidemic spreads further.

According to a press release posted on the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce, National Take Back Day has seized quite a few unwanted drugs:

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. 

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Candid shot of Troy PD greeting some kiddos on the street; September 2016

There’s no hot take on this –it’s just something our community should be aware of , so shout out to the Troy Police Department and areas all over upstate for participating. In fact, there are 26+ locations within 25 miles of Troy where you can use the drop off services.

Whether it’s your extra hyrdos from that wisdom teeth operation or if there’s a serious problem looming around your immediate social circle, it’s an event to help ease people away from a potentially dangerous path and keep everyone safe from trouble.