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Barclay: Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Helps Prevent Overdose, Protects Environment

Assemblyman Will Barclay encouraged people to take their unused and expired prescription medications to a local collection site on April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

“This is a great program that keeps expired and unused medications out of the wrong hands—be it children or adults,” said Barclay.  “It helps protect the environment and helps reduce the chance of overdose and accidentally ingesting the wrong medications.”

This is a relatively new program.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s website, Americans that participated in the third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, 2011, turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal.

The following sites will take back prescription drugs within the 124th Assembly district that are drug take-back sites:

Fulton Police Department, 141 S. First St., Fulton,

Oswego Police Department, 169 W. Second St., Fulton

Walgreen’s Pharmacy, 5206 W. Genesee St., Syracuse, 13219

To find a more comprehensive list of take-back sites, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html and search your city or zip code.

Prescription drug abuse has increased.

Some studies estimate it has grown to take more lives than car accidents.

According to the State Attorney General’s website, the number of prescriptions for all narcotic painkillers has also increased by six million, from 16.6 million in 2007 to nearly 22.5 million in 2010.

A state-wide computerized prescription tracking system was recently instituted so it’s harder for people to fraudulently write prescriptions if they obtain a prescription pad at a doctor’s office, for example.

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