Saturday is the day that folks with old prescription drugs to dispose of can do so at area sites.
Drugs can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. The service is free and anonymous.
Here are the sites in Oswego County:
Fulton Police Department
Oswego Police Department
Kinney Drug Stores in Oswego, Fulton and Pulaski.
Pills and patches that have expired or are unused or unwanted can be dropped off during the event to ensure proper and safe disposal. Liquids, needles and sharps are not accepted.
During the last Take-Back Day in October 2013, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in all its previous Take-Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds of pills—more than 1,700 tons.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, flushing unused medicine down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.