National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 28.

The Broome and Tioga County Sheriff’s Offices are among those participating, accepting outdated and unwanted drugs at several locations.  The collections take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In Broome County, materials can be dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office on Lieutenant VanWinkle Drive at the North Entrance to SUNY Broome in the Town of Dickinson, the Windsor Community House on Main Street, the Johnson City Elks Club on Watson Boulevard near the old IBM Country Club, in the parking lot of Scoops Ice Cream on Route 11 in Whitney Point, Vestal Fire Station #4 on the Vestal Parkway East and American Legion Post 17-hundred on Maple Street in Endicott. The Tioga County collection is at Trinity-CASA in the Old Depot Building across from Agway in the Village of Owego.

Neither agency is able to accept syringes and Tioga cannot accept liquids of any lomf. Broome County can accept sharps in a special receptacle available Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Administration Building Lobby.

Meanwhile, the New York State Senate has approved the Drug Take Back Act to prevent unused drugs from getting into the wrong hands or the environment.  The bill would create a unified state-wide program and help expand current programs while holding pharmaceutical companies responsible for all costs of the take-back efforts.

The Senate bills have been sent to the New York State Assembly.