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This Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are providing a drug take back event for Washington County residents to prevent prescription pill abuse and theft by disposing of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Law Enforcement Center at 399 Broadway Fort Edward, NY 12828.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse. If for some reason you are unable to bring the pills yourself and you are within our jurisdiction, we can pick them up for you.