GLOVERSVILLE POLICE TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OCTOBER 27, 2018 AT THE GLOVERSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT,
3 FRONTAGE ROAD, GLOVERSVILLE, NY 12078
GLOVERSVILLE, NY – On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Gloversville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 16th opportunity in 8 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Gloversville Police Department at 3 Frontage Road, Gloversville, NY 12078. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans nationwide did their part to reduce the opioid crisis by bringing the DEA and its more than 4,683 local and tribal law enforcement partners a record-setting 949,046 pounds—474.5 tons—of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,842 collection sites.
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. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or contact the Gloversville Police Department Detective Division at