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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Report

The Niskayuna Police Department in partnership with the US Drug Enforcement Agency and the Niskayuna Community Action Program participated in the National Drug Take Back Day on October 22. It was a rainy cold day but the people came in great numbers.

Community volunteers, including members of BASE a new youth club, stood on the side walk and as cars approached or walkers or people on bikes the volunteers welcomed them and took the bags of unused, unwanted prescription or over the counter drugs and placed them in boxes.  The DEA representatives kept track of the number of people who came through and sealed the boxes as they were filled. 

200 cars or walkers/bikers came through in the four hours between 10 am and 2 pm.  15 boxes were filled with drugs of all kinds.  Hands out were given to those participating with information on the disposal of sharps/needles and a chart for tracking medications in the medicine cabinet.  N-CAP gave each person a brochure about N-CAP.

Even in the rain the turnout was wonderful and the volunteers did a great job.

For more information, contact N-CAP at info@ncapnisky.org.

N-CAP has compiled a list of additional resource links to help you safely dispose of your expired or unused medications.

SAFE MEDICINE DISPOSAL LOCATIONS

NYS Police Troop G, 760 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110
http://troopers.ny.gov/Public_Information/Medication_Drop_Box_Locations.pdf
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/63826.html
Dispose My Meds
http://www.disposemymeds.org/index.php/pharmacy-locator

SAFE ‘SHARP’ DISPOSAL
Click on the link to find a location to safely dispose of any ‘sharps’-needles, syringes, and lancets.
http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/aids/consumers/prevention/needles_syringes/sharps/