Preventing Substance Abuse

Medication Disposal

Prescription Medication Drop Box Program

Permanent drop box locations, (including unused prescription medications, medicated ointments, over-the- counter medicines and inhalers. No hazardous materials or needles:

Unused Prescription Drug Drop Box Locations In/Around Delaware County

Oneonta Police Station
81 Main St # 2
Oneonta, NY 13820

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office
Public Safety Building Lobby
280 Phoebe Lane
Delhi, NY 13753

New York State Police
Troop C – Sidney
823 State Rte 7
Unadilla, NY 13849

Village of Deposit Police Department
146 Front St
Deposit, NY 13754
Monday – Friday 8-4pm

Over 50% of prescription drug abusers got them from family or friends – “2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health,” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (September 2013)

In 2012, 6.8 million people aged 12 and older used prescription drugs non-medically. – “Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health,” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (September 2013)

The number of emergency department visits due to medication poisoning for children under age five increased 30% from 2001 to 2008, and child self-exposure to prescription products accounted for 55% of the emergency room visits. – “The Growing Impact of Pediatric Pharmaceutical Poisoning,”The Journal of Pediatrics, (February 2011)

Save a life and dispose of your unused meds properly!

Pharmacy Collection

Recently, changes in federal and New York State law permits pharmacies to hold “medication take-back” events where individuals will be able to bring leftover, unwanted, or expired medications for proper disposal.  For more information, contact your local pharmacist.

At-home drug disposal (.pdf from the DEA)

  • Remove prescription drugs from their original containers.
  • Mix the drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
  • Put the mixture in a disposable container with a lid or a sealable bag.
  • Conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty containers.
  • Put the sealed container with the drug mixture in the trash.  Empty prescription bottles with recycle symbols may be place with other recyclable materials for collection.

Community Sharps Collection Site And Address

Address & Phone

Drop-Off Location

Collection Site Hours Of Operation

Accepted Containers

Margaretville Memorial Hospital
42084 State Hwy. 28
Margaretville, Ny 12455


Mon – Fri
7:30am – 4pm

Sealed, safe, hard plastic containers ONLY

O’Connor Hospital
460 Andes Rd.
Delhi, Ny 13753

Lab – (Ask at Reception)

Mon – Fri
8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat and Sun
8:00am – 3:00pm

A sealed, safe plastic container

Delaware Valley Hospital
1 Titus Pl.
Walton, Ny 13856


Mon – Fri
8:30am – 5:00pm

Any sealed, safe container

Robinson Terrace
28652 State Hwy 23
Stamford, NY 12167


9:00am – 12:00pm

Red Sharps Container ONLY

General Resources

Prevention Resources:

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County Inc.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services of Delaware County


Treatment Resources:

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services of Delaware County


Resources for Parents/Grandparents

Learn more about prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse. Find ways to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol and how to safeguard and dispose of your medicine. If you’re concerned about your child’s use of drugs and alcohol, please look at the following resources for help.

  • Medicine Abuse Project (for Parents/Grandparents)
  • Youth Recovery and Prevention
  • NIDA for teens
  • Hazeldon guide on talking to kids about alcohol and drugs

Resources for Healthcare Providers & Pharmacists

The Medicine Abuse Project includes information for healthcare providers to use with teenage patients and their parents, as well as any patients for whom you may prescribe medicine. Providers of all specialties will find useful tools and resources to help make this sensitive issue easier to bring up and discuss with patients.

NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Addiction Medicine Courses


Whether you’re a principal, school nurse, teacher, coach, PTSA president or other member of the school community, you can use these free resources to raise awareness and to help keep your community healthy and safe.

  • Medicine Abuse Project (for Educators)
  • Youth Recovery and Prevention
  •  NIDA for teens
  • Hazeldon guide on talking to kids about alcohol and drugs

Communities & Law Enforcement

As law enforcement officials and other community stakeholders, it is within your power to help end this epidemic. The following are resources designed to help you to prevent and address prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse in your community.

Medicine Abuse Project (for communities and law enforcement)