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Source: Syracuse Post-Standard

Have old medication? National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

BY SARAH MOSES

Posted: October 27, 2017
Originally Published: October 27, 2017

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Removing old, unused medications from homes is one way residents can help fight the opioid epidemic in Onondaga County, according to local officials.

The number of opioid-related deaths in Onondaga County has more than tripled from 2012 to 2016; in 2016, Onondaga County had the highest rate of opioid overdose deaths among Central New York counties. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 Americans die every day from opioid overdose.

Do you have unused medication? There are several ways to dispose of prescription drugs in Onondaga County.

Central New Yorkers will be able to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at pharmacies and other community drop-off sites throughout the region.

Saturday is the Drug Enforcement Administration's Take Back Day. Visit the DEA's website for locations.

Medication should never be thrown down the drain or flushed down the toilet as wastewater treatment facilities are not capable of processing them and ultimately they end up in our water supply, officials said.

Sharps, Needles and Drug Disposal Program (SNADD) is a year-round program that is a collaboration between the Onondaga County Executive's Office, the District Attorney's Office, Onondaga County Health Department, the Onondaga County Drug Taskforce, OCRRA, Covanta, Upstate New York Poison Center, REACH CNY, Citizens Campaign for the Environment and local law enforcement and colleges in Onondaga County.

SNADD offers a way for residents to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications safely and free of charge at 12 locations in Onondaga County:

Participating police departments and colleges include:

  • Baldwinsville police department
  • Camillus police department
  • Cicero police department
  • DeWitt police department
  • Geddes police department
  • Jordan police department
  • Marcellus police department
  • Manlius police department
  • Solvay police department
  • Syracuse police department
  • Onondaga Community College
  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry


The SNADD program, which began in 2015, has helped safely dispose of more than 4,080 pounds of medication.