GOUVERNEUR, N.Y.– Kinney Drugs is partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local law enforcement officials to offer individuals safe disposal of both controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter medications. (No sharps will be collected.) Kinney Drugs will host events at many New York and Vermont stores Saturday, April 24th, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. A full list of participating locations is available at: https://kinneydrugs.com/
The National DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back raises awareness for public safety and helps address public health issues. Studies show that prescription drug abuse (opioids in particular) in the US is at an all-time high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Many individuals do not realize that medicines stored in home medicine cabinets can be highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. In addition, many people do not know how to safely dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing it down the toilet or throwing it away – both of which pose potential environmental, safety and health hazards. This event provides a safe, convenient, and environmentally responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. During October 2020’s National Take-Back event, 985,392 pounds (492.7 tons) of medications were collected nationwide.