Office for the Aging


New Yorkers Encouraged to Participate in National Drug Take Back Day, October 28

Saturday (October 28) is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It comes with a message that seeks to address misuse of prescription drugsā€”an important public health issue. Safely disposing of unwanted drugs protects our water system, and even more importantly, can prevent accidental overdoses. Remember: flushing drugs down the toilet is a health hazard. Your best option is to take unwanted drugs to a local drop off point.

Visit the New York State Department of Conservation for ideas on how best to safely dispose of your unwanted and outdated prescriptions.

To find a list of local drop off locations provided by agencies involved in Prescription Drug Take Back Days, visit :

Remember to keep all medications in a safe, secure place in your home out of reach of children and pets. It is best to properly dispose of unwanted medications (including controlled substances such as fentanyl, oxycodone, etc.) to ensure they will not be used in an unauthorized or accidental manner.

For more information, visit the Prescription Drug Take Back Day page on the DEA's website.