National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Scheduled For Oct. 26

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Scheduled For Oct. 26

October 24, 2013 Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 4:56 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

According to a news release:

This is a great opportunity for those who have accumulated unwanted, unused and prescription drugs to safely dispose of those medications from their medicine cabinets, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers.

The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office located at 172 Co Hwy 33 West in the Town of Middlefield will again be participating in the event. 

This past April, the Sheriff’s Office collected over 20 pounds of unused prescription drugs.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In the previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners have collected more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications were removed from circulation.  At the last Take-Back Day in April 2013, over 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of unwanted or expired medications were surrendered for safe and proper disposal at over 5,829 sites and the DEA collected 50 percent more pills than they did at the previous Take-Back Day 6 months earlier.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.