By Cady Kuzmich
Clifton Park — The Prevention Council welcomed community members to bring their unwanted prescription drugs to be disposed at various locations throughout Saratoga County Saturday, April 20 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Those interested in cleaning their medicine cabinets can take advantage of the Prevention Council’s disposal service by taking the medication out of the containers and placing the medication directly into a provided disposal box. Take-back locations in Clifton Park include the Clifton Park Public Safety Building located on Route 146 and the Clifton Park-Halfmoon EMS on Crossing Boulevard.
“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,” according to the Prevention Council.
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, or ASAM, four in five new heroin users start by misusing prescription painkillers.
When someone is prescribed opioid based prescriptions, becomes dependent, and is then cut off by their doctor, the addict may turn to other sources. “Those other sources sometimes end up being opioid prescription drugs obtained illegally, but more often than not, heroin, because currently the drug is so cheap and accessible.”
According to the CAPteens, the overdose rate in Saratoga County tripled from 2012 to 2014.
The drug take-back includes prescription, non-prescription and over-the-counter medications. The Prevention Council noted prescription cough syrups will be accepted, “however, the liquids must be in their original packaging.”
Needles, syringes, aerosols, pressurized containers, thermometers and bloody or infectious waste will not be accepted.