Prescription Drug Disposal Program

Medical Disposal for Safer Communities Program


The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office and the National Guard Counter Drug Program have teamed up with CVS/pharmacy Medical Disposal for Safer Communities Program supplying drug collection unit drop boxes to help their communities safely dispose of unwanted medications, including controlled substances. This program will help rid communities of unwanted medications that may otherwise be diverted, abused or contaminate our water supply.

The medication collection boxes allow citizens to safely dispose of out dated or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications, helping to keep them safely out of the hands of children and teens while protecting our water supplies. The abuse of prescription drugs is a major public health concern throughout New York State and Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office is committed to this very important effort by offering alternatives for the safe disposal of medications. Schenectady County is taking a proactive role in protecting the environment and public health by preventing these items from ending up in landfills or contaminating our water sources.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that 70-80% of nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers begins by raiding the medicine cabinet at home. Drug take back programs, such as medication collection boxes, are recognized as an effective means of preventing the diversion of prescription pills.

You can find the drug collection unit drop box located in the lobby of the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office at 320 Veeder Ave. Schenectady, NY.




Office of the Sheriff
320 Veeder Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12307
Phone: (518) 388-4596 x.5147

David A. Leffingwell
    Community Resource Officer

Lt. Jason Temple

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