ACPHS to Host Drug Takeback Event

On Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10 am to 2 pm, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will once again serve as a dropoff site for the Drug Enforcement Agency's National Drug Take Back Initiative.

Individuals who want to drop off their unused or expired medications may visit the College's O'Brien Building at 106 New Scotland Avenue. Proceed through the College's carport where ACPHS students and faculty, accompanied by law enforcement officers, will accept receipt of your medications.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined.

That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.