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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

SCHENECTADY -- Saturday is Nation Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. It's a program done nationally by the Department of Drug Enforcement Administration. The program allows anyone to dispose of unwanted or un-used medications and put them in the hands of law enforcement to dispose of them properly and safely, so they will not be sold on the streets, or end up in water sources.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions will be asked. However not everything will be collected. Needles, IV bags, creams or liquids cannot be accepted.

Prescription drug abuse has been a growing problem in New York, and Senator Chuck Schumer just announced that the FDA has approved regulations that make it harder to access painkillers that contain Hydrocodone. It's now been reclassified as a Schedule II Controlled Substance. That will impose greater restrictions in how doctors can prescribe it and how much can be prescribed.

On Saturday, October 26th, you can drop off your unwanted prescription medications from 10am until 2pm, at a number of sites:

- Rotterdam Police Department
- Schenectady County Sheriff's Office
- Schenectady Police Department
- Glenville Municipal Center Police Entrance
- Scotia Police Department
- Niskayuna Town Hall
- Amsterdam Police Department
- New York State Police Public Safety Building
- Albany County Sheriff
- Colonie Police Department
- CVS Pharmacy, 885 Central Ave, Albany
- Crossgates Mall Parking Lot
- Elm Ave. Town Park
- Ballston Spa Police Department
- Albany College of Pharmacy
- Watervliet Police Department
- Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
- Albany Police Department South Station
- Troy Police Department
- Coeyman's Police Department
- East Greenbush Police Department
- Saratoga Springs Police Department
- West Sand Lake Fire Department
- Schodak Police Department
- New York State Police Schodak
- Canajoharie Police Department
- Windham Police Dept.
- Gloversville Police Dept.
- Greene County Sheriff's Dept.
- Town of Hunter Police Dept.
- Fort Plain Police Dept.
-  Village of Hoosick Falls Police Dept.
- St. Johnsville Police Dept.
- Columbia County Sheriff's Dept.
- Washington County Dept. of Public Health Annex
- Warren County Sheriff's Office
- State Police Queensbury
- Town of Williamstown Town Hall
- Otsego County Sheriff's Office
- Bennington County Sheriffs Dept.
- CHP Neighborhood Health Center in Pittsfield MA
- Columbia County Sheriff's Office
- Adams Police Dept.
- West Stockbridge Police Dept.
- Lenox Town Hall
- Stockbridge Police Dept.
-Lee Ambulance Service

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