Keeping medications or syringes after they are no longer needed may cause unnecessary risk, especially if there are children, pets or vulnerable adults in the home. It is recommended that you remove unneeded medications from your home to prevent someone from accidentally taking or intentionally misusing them.

Improper disposal of medications and syringes (i.e. throwing them out in the garbage or flushing them down the toilet) can harm the environment and contaminate water supplies. Proper disposal of medications and syringes can ensure that they are not accidentally touched, ingested, or misused. To learn more about safe syringe storage before disposal, visit the FDA website. There are several ways that you can safely dispose of unneeded medications and used syringes in Saratoga County:

• DEA Drug Take Back Day: Twice a year Saratoga County will participate in the DEA National Drug Take Back Day. On this day, there will be several sites located throughout the county where residents can drop-off medications for disposal. Information on the next Take Back Day will be listed here when it becomes available.

• Medication and sharps disposal boxes: There are several medication and sharps disposal boxes located throughout Saratoga County. These sites are free and open to the public. It is recommended to call the location to review what types of medications/syringes they accept before dropping them off. A list of participating locations can be found below:

Location Address Phone Number Accepting
Corinth EMS 101 Sherman Avenue, Corinth NY 12822 (518) 654-7243 Medications and Sharps
CVS Pharmacy 34 Congress Street, Saratoga Springs NY 12866 (518) 587-3098 Medications only
CVS Pharmacy 839 Route 146, Clifton Park NY 12065 (518) 371-3700 Medications only
Mechanicville Police Department 36 North Main Street #1, Mechanicville NY 12118 (518) 664-7383 Medications only
Paul E. Lent Public Safety Facility 6012 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa NY 12020 (518) 584-7460 Medications only
Rite Aid 1701 Route 9, Clifton Park NY 12065 (518) 371-5303 Medications only
Rite Aid 1483 Route 9 Clifton Park, NY 12065 (518) 371-1513 Medications only
Rite Aid 3027 Route 50, Saratoga Springs NY 12866 (518) 587-2202 Medications only
Saratoga County Correctional Facility 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa 12020 (518) 885-2480 Medications only
Saratoga Hospital Emergency Center 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs NY 12866 (518) 587-3222 Medications and Sharps
Saratoga Springs Housing Authority 1 South Federal Street Saratoga Springs NY 12866 (518) 584-6600 Sharps only
Saratoga Springs Police Department 5 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs NY 12866 (518) 587-3550 Medications only
Walgreens Pharmacy 90 West Ave, Saratoga Springs NY 12866 (518) 587-0721 Medications only
Walgreens Pharmacy 121 Old Route 146, Halfmoon NY 120654 (518) 371-5842 Medications only
Walgreens Pharmacy 94 Mainstreet, South Glens Falls NY 12803 (518) 792-5575 Medications only
Waterford Police Department 65 Broad Street, Waterford NY 12118 (518) 237-3341 Medications only

• Deterra medication disposal system: The Deterra system deactivates prescription drugs, pills, patches, liquids, creams and films. It deactivates the substance and ensures that it is unavailable for potential misuse or accidental poisoning. Deterra medication disposal systems are available for free from the Saratoga County Department of Health. Please note that these systems are not recommended if you have a large quantity of medications to dispose of. Please contact us to schedule an appointment for pickup.

• All nursing homes in New York State are mandated by law to accept home-generated sharps. To learn more about this program and to find a participating location near you, please visit: New York State Safe Sharps Collection Program (ny.gov).

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