- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) - A push to get rid of unused prescription drugs is meeting with success in a Hudson Valley town.

Police in New Paltz in Ulster County report that approximately 335 pounds of prescription medication has been collected within the last six months and turned over to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration for destruction.

The town purchased and installed three drop boxes within the New Paltz school district three years ago. Residents can bring in all prescription medications and samples, all over-the-counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak-proof containers.

The service is free and available around the clock.

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