Governor Cuomo Announces Drop Boxes to be Placed Across State to Securely Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs

August 27, 2012
Albany, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the placement of drop boxes at nine New York State Police Troop Headquarters that will give New Yorkers across the state a secure place to anonymously dispose of unused prescription medications and controlled substances.

"With the state cracking down harder than ever before on prescription drug abuse, these secure drop boxes will give New Yorkers a place to dispose of unneeded medications, helping keep harmful substances out of the hands of those who would abuse them," Governor Cuomo said.

New York’s State Troopers are often faced with situations involving the abuse of prescription medications. Recognizing that more than 70 percent of the abused prescription medications are obtained from friends or relatives, the State Police has established secure disposal sites at nine Troop Headquarters locations for the safe disposal of unused controlled substances.

The medication drop box program is open to the public. The public can anonymously dispose of prescription medications, medicated ointments, over-the-counter medications, and inhalers. Hazardous materials and needles are not accepted. Pharmacies and medical providers are not allowed to take part in the program.

Medication drop boxes will be in the following locations and made available to the public:

Troop A - Batavia
4525 West Saile Drive
Batavia, NY 14020-1095

Troop B - Ray Brook
1097 State Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977-0100

Troop C - Sidney
823 State Route 7
Unadilla, NY 13849

Troop D – Oneida
Route 5
Oneida, NY 13421-0030

Troop E - Canandaigua
Route 332
1569 Rochester Road
Canandaigua, NY 14425-0220

Troop F - Middletown
55 Crystal Run Road
Middletown, NY 10941

Troop G - Latham
760 Troy - Schenectady Road
Latham, NY 12110

Troop K - Poughkeepsie
2541 Route 44
Salt Point, NY 12578

Troop L - Farmingdale
7140 Republic Airport
East Farmingdale, NY 11735-1597