National Drug Take-Back Day in the Capital Region with Healthy Capital District Initiative

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Healthy Capital District Initiative has outlined a collection Sites in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties accepting expired or unused prescription drugs.

Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, responsible way to dispose of our expired and unused prescription drugs while protecting our environment.

WHAT:
The Capital Region’s six counties are participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The National Take-Back Initiative from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) occurs every year on the last Saturday in April. State and local police departments, as well as county sheriff's offices, administer the collection sites according to the DEA.

WHERE:
Anyone who has unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter     medications can access disposal sites at 38 different locations throughout the Capital region. Collection sites in every county are listed on https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

WHEN:
The disposal sites are open on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time.

WHY:
“Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, responsible way to dispose of our expired and unused prescription drugs while protecting our environment. Especially in the face of our opioid epidemic, everyone can help by cleaning out their medicine cabinets, and prevent prescription drugs from getting into the wrong hands,” explains Catherine S. Duncan, BSN, RN, Director of Public Health, Saratoga County Public Health Services.

The National Take-Back Initiative is an opportunity for local communities to prevent drug abuse, reduce drug-related poisonings, and take an active role in the Region’s fight against the opioid epidemic. People can rid their homes of expired prescription and over-the-counter medications which can be misused or unlawfully distributed to others. The Opioid epidemic in the Capital Region has seen a three-fold increase in opioid overdose deaths between 2014 and 2015.

Amanda, 31, a young mother recounts how her addiction began with the misuse of prescription drugs for her depression and anxiety. Her prescription opiate addiction resulted in heroin abuse and multiple overdoses. Amanda states “In the past five years; I have watched friends and people I have traveled with die. My best friend and all those people died from overdosing one time.”

The increase in drug overdose deaths, including opioid overdose deaths has catapulted the local health departments and hospitals in the Capital Region to band together with other community organizations to strengthen prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts. This growing epidemic is a top priority in their Community Health Assessment and Health Improvement Plan, and they are leading multisector collaborations and innovative approaches to intervene in this public health crisis.

They ask for the public’s help disposing of unused prescription drugs to reduce access to potentially addictive prescriptions and to protect the water supply from improper disposal down a drain or in a landfill.

  • ALBANY COUNTY -

WATERVLIET POLICE DEPARTMENT
2-15TH STREET
WATERVLIET NY, 12189

ALBANY COUNTY SHERIFF
58 VERDA AVENUE
CLARKSVILLE NY, 12041

CVS PHARMACY
885 CENTRAL AVE.
ALBANY NY, 12205

ALBANY POLICE DEPT. SOUTH STATION
126 ARCH STREET
ALBANY NY, 12202

COLONIE POLICE DEPARTMENT
312 WOLF ROAD
LATHAM NY, 12110

PUBLIC LIBRARY - AUXILIARY PARKING LOT
2228 WESTERN AVENUE
GUILDERLAND NY, 12084

ALBANY COLLEGE OF PHARMACY - CAR PORT (DRIVE UP DROP OFF)
106 NEW SCOTLAND AVE.
ALBANY NY, 12208

NEW YORK STATE POLICE
760 TROY-SCHENECTADY ROAD,
LATHAM NY, 122110

BETHLEHEM TOWN PARK - FRONT PARKING LOT
249 ELM AVE.
DELMAR NY, 12054

  • COLUMBIA COUNTY -

CHATHAM PD
77 MAIN STREET
CHATHAM NY, 12037

HILLSDALE SUB STATION
2684 STATE ROUTE 23
HILLSDALE NY, 12529

COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
85 INDUSTRIAL TRACT
HUDSON NY, 12534

HUDSON CITY PD
427 WARREN STREET
HUDSON NY, 12534

  • GREENE COUNTY -

TOWN OF HUNTER PD
5748 STATE RT. 23A
TANNERSVILLE NY, 12485

COXSACKIE POLICE DEPARTMENT
119 MANSION STREET
COXSACKIE NY, 12051

CVS HANNAFORD PLAZA
223 MAIN STREET
CAIRO NY, 12413

WINDHAM PHARMACY
61 STATE ROAD 296
WINDHAM NY, 12496

  • RENSSELAER COUNTY -

EAST GREENBUSH POLICE DEPARTMENT
225 COLUMBIA TURNPIKE
RENSSELAER NY, 12144

NORTH END FIRE STATION
2 ST. FRANCIS PLACE
RENSSELAER NY, 12144

POLICE DEPARTMENT
1797 COLUMBIA TURNPIKE
CASTLETON NY, 12033

POLICE DEPARTMENT
29 MAIN STREET
HOOSICK FALLS NY, 12090

TROY POLICE DEPARTMENT
55 STATE STREET
TROY NY, 12180

TOWN OF SCHODACK PD
1797 COLUMBIA TURNPIKE
CASTLETON NY, 12033

WEST SAND LAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT
3697 RT. 43
WEST SAND LAKE NY, 12196

  • SARATOGA COUNTY -

CVS PHARMACY PARKING LOT
12 SOUTH CENTRAL AVENUE
MECHANICVILLE NY, 12118

SARATOGA HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPT. PARKING LOT
211 CHURCH STREET
SARATOGA SPRINGS NY, 12866

SARATOGA SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT - BEHIND CITY HALL
474 BROADWAY
SARATOGA SPRINGS NY, 12866

BALLSTON SPA POLICE DEPARTMENT
30 BATH STREET
BALLSTON SPA NY, 12020

MOREAU EMERGENCY SQUAD
1583 ROUTE 9,
MOREAU NY, 12866

SP CLIFTON PARK PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING
5 MUNICIPAL PLAZA STE 1STATE ROUTE 146
CLIFTON PARK NY, 12065

CLIFTON PARK-HALFMOON EMERGENCY SQUAD
15 CROSSING BLVD.
CLIFTON PARK NY, 12065

MOREAU COMMUNITY CENTER
144 MAIN STREET
SOUTH GLENS FALLS NY, 12803

  • SCHENECTADY COUNTY -

SCHENECTADY POLICE DEPARTMENT
531 LIBERTY ST.
SCHENECTADY NY, 12305

GLENVILLE MUNICIPAL CENTER POLICE ENTRANCE
18 GLENRIDGE RD.
GLENVILLE NY, 12302

SCOTIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
4 NORTH TEN BROECK STREET
SCOTIA NY, 12302

SCHENECTADY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SUB STATION
130 PRINCETOWN PLAZA
SCHENECTADY NY, 12306

ROTTERDAM PD
101 PRINCETOWN ROAD
ROTTERDAM NY, 12306

NISKAYUNA TOWN HALL
1 NISKAYUNA CIRLCE
NISKAYUNA NY, 12309

For more information, or to arrange interviews at a different time, please contact Kevin Jobin-Davis, Ph.D. (518) 486-8400.

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Healthy Capital District Initiative (HCDI) is an incorporated non-profit that builds healthier communities by engaging a broad range of organizations to identify public health priorities and develop coordinated, evidence-based strategies to improve health. HCDI serves the counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Columbia, and Greene.

Founded in 1997, HCDI is a collaborative venture of the hospitals, health insurers, county health departments, federally qualified health centers, and community-based organizations in the region. Other HCDI initiatives include assisting residents with applications for public health insurance or programs that subsidize the cost of care; providing preventative oral health services to children in schools serving primarily low-income youth; and the asthma coalition of the capital region.

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