Ways to dispose of unused prescription drugs

By Conor Mooney

April 24, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Drug take back day is approaching and New Yorkers are encouraged to dispose of their unused prescription drugs.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office is urging residents drop off their drugs at take-back sites as well as year-round drop off locations.

During the past five years, more than 2 million pounds of prescription drugs have been removed from circulation.

That means they're not being flushed down the toilet into our water supply or being abused.

Take-back days are designed by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration to prevent that abuse.

If you have unwanted drugs you need to dispose off there are some local sites including the Broome County Sheriff's Office and the TCAT garage on Willow Avenue in Ithaca and the Slaterville Fire Station.

Those wishing to dispose of prescription drugs at these sites should bring them in a zip-lock bag and not in their original plastic bottles.

It all happens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.