Drop off your drugs for Drug Take Back Day

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"This nation has been hit hard by the epidemic of addiction and substance abuse, and in NY we are taking every possible step to combat this crisis", Governor Cuomo said in a statement.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says taking your medicine to a Take Back location ensures those chemicals don't go into the earth.

"You can put 45 pills or five patches or up to six ounces of liquid in it".

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For the holiday, the department will be accepting any type of prescription medication, whether or not in its original packaging. Last October's event in Springfield collected more than 2,500 pounds of medication.

Even the State DEC is participating in Prescription Drug Take Back Day, pointing out the safe disposal of surplus drugs keeps users from flushing them down the toilet, and into our waterways.

In Minnesota past year, 395 people died of opioids, of which 194 were from prescription opioids. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 9 million pounds-more than 4,500 tons-of pills.

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For a map of other take back locations in the Inland Northwest, you can visit this map.

"Getting unused prescription drugs out of your home can stop an addiction before it starts", Schneiderman said.

If you have any unused or expired prescription drugs in your home, local pharmacists like Erica Mahn, Director of Community Pharmacy, Alps Pharmacy, want to help make sure they are disposed of properly. The service is free and anonymous, and gives people a time to clean out all the unused prescription medications, including any Schedule II controlled medications, that may be in their medicine cabinets. "We must take every step we can to stop this from happening".

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