Drop off old meds on Saturday

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Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — On Sunday, Sept. 26, the Niskayuna Community Action Program, the town of Niskayuna and the Niskayuna Police Department will hold a drug takeback day at Town Hall.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., anyone can drive up to Town Hall and hand over any unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Volunteers will collect the items, seal them in a box, and hand them over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to be incinerated.

“It’s so important that we keep these medications out of the hands of anyone that does not have a right to them, but also out of our landfills, possibly polluting the water,” said N-CAP President Judy Tomisman. “It’s important we grab these opportunities and run with them.”

She said people can take medications to pharmacies to be discarded, but sometimes those pharmacies charge for the service. Plus, she added, it’s a nice opportunity to meet neighbors while keeping kids and the environment safe.

“I’ve done it before. It’s a lot of fun and it’s really easy,” Tomisman said. “We walk up to the car and take the medication.”

For anyone who might hesitate to make the trip, Tomisman said she hopes people will take the community day as an impetus to clean out the medicine cabinet once and for all.

“They might be over-the-counter drugs,” she said. “They could still pose a risk to someone, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.”