by Andrew Henderson
The Fulton and Oswego police departments will be accepting unused and expired prescription medications today, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
“This is a great program that keeps expired and unused medications out of the wrong hands — be it children or adults,” said Assemblyman Will Barclay. “It helps protect the environment and helps reduce the chance of overdose and accidentally ingesting the wrong medications.”
Local residents may take their unused or expired prescription drugs to the Fulton Police Department at 141 S. First St., and the Oswego Police Department at 169 W. 2nd St.
According to studies, Prescription drug abuse has increased. Some reports estimate it has grown to take more lives than car accidents.
According to the New York State Attorney General’s web site, the number of prescriptions for all narcotic painkillers has also increased by six million — from 16.6 million in 2007 to nearly 22.5 million in 2010.
A state-wide computerized prescription tracking system was recently instituted so it’s harder for people to fraudulently write prescriptions if they obtain a prescription pad at a doctor’s office, said Barclay.