How do I properly dispose of expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications?

The town holds a pharmaceutical collection each year.  Check the Recycling Events web page for upcoming event details.

Also, CVS Pharmacy in Delmar has a secure drug disposal boxes accessible 24/7 located on the right hand wall when facing the pharmacy counter.

Residents can bring unwanted medications to all New York Police Headquarters for anonymous disposal at any time, 24/7. Troop G Headquarters is located at: 760 Troy Schenectady Road Latham, NY 12110.  After entering the building, place the meds in the clear bag provided on-site, and drop it in the mailbox. For more information, call the headquarters at 518-783-3211.

Or to dispose of pharmaceuticals safely at home:

  1. Place in an empty container such as an old liquid laundry detergent bottle or plastic coffee can
  2. Add water and shake to dissolve meds
  3. Mix with something undesirable to ingest such as cat litter or dirt
  4. Screw on cap and tape container closed to safeguard leakage
  5. Toss in your household garbage

NEVER flush medications down the toilet or other drains as they can pollute drinking water and waterways.

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