Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.
But most of all they want the community to know they are concerned and if they need to give back any drug, they can always visit the sheriff's office.
"National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and health issue by providing a convenient way for citizens to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths", says KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders.
State leaders have launched a new website, ClearYourCabinet.com, to help New Yorkers find drug drop-off locations nearest them. If a collection site is not available nearby, residents are encouraged to check back frequently, as new sites are added every day.
"Longer term, we're working with the DEA and state governments like Iowa, Arizona, Massachusetts, and MI to gather data on year-round take back options for future Google Maps integration", added Mollinari. "It's important to keep those medications out of people's medicine cabinets where they could be diverted", she said. Residents have the chance to hand over old prescriptions and rid their homes of potentially risky medications if they get into the wrong hands. The DEA has advice for safely disposing of medications here.
"You can dispose of your liquid medications in cat litter and also used coffee grinds", says Jack.